CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — After seeing many stories across the country about children being hit by cars at school bus stops, a Chesapeake man is afraid it will happen in his neighborhood because the cars aren’t stopping for the buses.
When Jason Carlson says goodbye to his daughter at the bus stop in the morning, he always expects he’ll be able to say hello again in the afternoon, but he says many drivers make that task difficult.
“People will not stop for the bus when it stops with the red light at least four times a week, especially in the afternoon they run past the bus,” said Carlson.
There are three bus stops along this stretch of Eden Way North in Chesapeake.
Carlson said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
“You hear on the news about these kids getting hit by the school bus stops and I don’t want my child to be one of them,” he said.
He says he is so nervous that sometimes he takes matters into his own hands.
“I’m to the point where I have to walk out in the street and make sure the cars stop so my daughter can get across safely,” he added.
Carlson reached out to police for some help on the issue. In response they said they handle all traffic complaints by providing increased patrols in either marked or unmarked vehicles and radar units as needed. Also they issue summons to all offenders caught in hopes to deter future violators.
He has this message for drivers.
“Stop for the bus, keep the kids safe. That’s my main thing, I want the kids safe. I can’t imagine losing a child and I can’t imagine any parent losing a child,” Carlson said.
Carlson said after he reached out to police, within a day he heard a response and saw increased patrols.