JUST IN: Lakewood Police Department to Crack Down on Dangerous Bus Drivers

In response to numerous incidents and complaints involving dangerous bus drivers, the Lakewood Police Department said today they will be investigating and cracking down.

“Over the past month, we have experienced an increase in crashes involving school buses,” Chief Greg Meyer told TLS. “We are fortunate that no injuries have been reported. As a result, I have instructed my Traffic/Safety Unit to review all crashes involving school buses to determine what steps can be taken to prevent such crashes.”

The traffic unit will also be conducting meetings with the local bus companies to discuss complaints and concerns.

“We take this matter extremely serious as parents entrust both the bus drivers and police to keep them safe,” Meyer said. “We are committed to addressing this ongoing issue and we are open to suggestions from all of our residents. Your concerns in regards to this matter can be sent to [email protected].”

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  1. While at it, crack down on drivers who engage in other dangerous habits, even if they aren’t handling buses full of children.
    Also, why did it have to take this long to implement the policy?

  2. Hopefully the bus companies will be more attentive to parents complaints. It’s scary fior children on the bus when the police pull over the drivers. Better training and accountability on all levels is required.

  3. Why you hardly heard about incidents like this in Toms River,Jackson,Manchester or Brick? Cause this is what happens when you privatize and then there’s no accountability and the private company don’t do no background checks on their drivers cause supposedly is a shortage of drivers but the safety of the passenger it’s not a priority as long as they can hire someone. When Lakewood was running their own busses we hardly have this nonsense so i think it’s time to think about what’s best for our kids.

  4. LPD should start enforcement in the area of the “bus yards” to see how the bus drivers drive to work. The day after the bus crash that had the front tires off the ground, my co-worker observed a vehicle blow through a red light, began tailgating, then had to jam on his brakes and swerve into the shoulder to avoid impact. This driver while tailgating was swerving left and right in his lane, trying to get ahead. This driver was then on Cross St. and turned into a certain “Bus Yard”, so this is apparently how some bus drivers drive to work.

  5. To Pepin..that’s false the company I work for Lakewood does background checks yearly,MV license checks and the state comes in a couple times a year for drug and alcohol test’s.

  6. why just pick on the bus drivers when there are a ton on people who drive even worse in their cars (running the red lights, cutting ff the bus, etc)?

    • Bus drivers in this town are particularly aggressive and drive as if they have sirens on and everyone must yield. Maybe with the threat of being investigated they will calm down a few notches.

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