Bensalem cops crack down on drivers who ignore stopped school buses

Mike Dougherty
February 19, 2020 - 7:39 am
Police in Bensalem are riding on buses to crack down on drivers who ignore the flashing stop lights.

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BENSALEM, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Police officers in Bensalem are taking a new approach to crack down on drivers who ignore the flashing lights on stopped school buses.

Officers will ride on buses and radio to a trailing police car to pull over drivers who speed through the flashing lights. 

Parents in Bensalem tell NBC 10 they see it all the time. 

"Cars just fly right through when buses stop. They do not care at all," said Jenna Colon, a mother and a former crossing guard.

Public Safety Director Fred Harran says they have zero tolerance.

"Our judge is not going to put up with this nonsense," Harran said. "If you do this and you put kids' lives at risk, you're going to lose your license."

Anyone who is caught could face a $250 fine and a 60-day suspension of their license.

Last week, a 12-year-old girl was hit by a pickup truck when crossing the street to get on the bus on Bensalem Boulevard. That driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.