Surveillance Video Shows Driver Using Shoulder to Pass School Bus in Lakewood

Surveillance video obtained by TLS shows a driver using the shoulder of the road to pass a school bus as it was about to drop off students.

The incident happened last week in Lakewood on County Line Road.

The video shows the doors of the bus opening as the driver of an SUV passes by just feet from the opening door.

No plates were visible on the front of the vehicle, making it harder for authorities to identify the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lakewood Police department.

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  1. Can someone explain why don’t the school bus drivers pull over onto the shoulder to let the children off there? This way there’s absolutely no way someone can illegally pass on the right of the bus and potentially hit a student?

    • We had the same issue of cars passing on the shoulder on route 9 and I asked the bus driver if she can please pull over on the shoulder. She told me that she can’t because she needs to stop traffic on the other side also. Apparently stopping traffic on the other side is more important than making sure the kids get off the bus safely

    • Because unfortunately sometimes the kids need to get off on the other side of the street. In general it’s a big problem and I wish the bus companies would fix the way stops are made. 1- children should only be let off on the side of the road that they live on and not have to cross over, especially when on a main road. 2- any stop that is on a main road needs to pull over to the side so that cars cannot go around specifically on the side that the door is on. 3- tickets must be enforced for anyone who passes a bus with their red lights flashing.

      • #1 – This is more costly and time consuming. Funding for bussing is already under stress. Finding drivers is also difficult. We should not make the runs longer and more expensive.
        #2 – Then if a bus driver doesn’t realize that the kid has to cross the street, the child will be in bigger danger when cars pass.
        #3 – They are enforced but 99% there’s no cop there to see it.

        Maybe train the kids(that are old enough) to look before stepping off the bus… Or make an issue of it at home to family members so they might care not to pass stopped busses.

  2. I agree with you, Moshe. Regarding identifying the license plate, the bus’es camera should have captured the rear plate

  3. Enough is Enough!!!

    They should start installing spike strips on busses, and if it detects a vehicle coming it automatically shoots out the spike strips and flattens all the tires.

    These people have to pay a price.

  4. I know that the NJ State Troopers once in a while pop in to Lakewood.
    Maybe we can ask them on their next trip to Lakewood to follow the school buses in unmarked cars.

  5. Technically, the bus’s lights were not yet activated when the SUV began to circumvent it. However, it is in any case illegal to pass on the shoulder, even to go around a car waiting to make a left turn (my daughter once was ticketed for this), though everyone dos it.

    • That’s not what it says in the manual. It states if there’s enough room you are allowed to go around someone making a left.
      Anyway passing a stopped bus is definitely not legal on the shoulder.
      We should train the bus drivers to turn their signals on a little before they stop

      • Incorrect.

        Penalties for Improper Passing Under NJSA 39:4-85 and 39:4-86

        The rules governing improper passing are contained in NJSA 39:4-85 and 39:4-86.  Under NJSA 39:4-85, vehicles must generally pass other vehicles driving in the same direction on the left-hand side.  If the vehicle in front is making a left turn, the driver can pass on the right, but only if passing is possible ***without driving onto the shoulder,*** sidewalk or otherwise leaving the road.  The driver must also make sure that it is safe before returning to the right lane after passing.

  6. Lakewood does absolutely nothing about enforcing traffic violations. Everyone drives anyway they like without consequences. You take your life in your hands anytime you drive through Lakewood.

  7. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but it’s important to point out that many school bus drivers drive like meshuganas and also endanger our kids. Which could be leading to road rage in other drivers. I’m not condoning that, just pointing out that school bus drivers should be examining their own behavior first.

  8. In the defense of the driver! The driver thought the bus was turning, so he cut around the the bus he had no intention to cut around the bus when he was dropping off kids. There should be a better system for the busses.

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