Police investigate video showing Lakewood school bus breaking traffic laws
LAKEWOOD — Police in two communities are investigating a video that appears to show a school bus speeding and not stopping for train tracks.
The bus was identified as one belonging to the township-based Jay's Bus Service, which also employed a school bus driver who was charged last year in a road-rage incident that was caught on tape.
In the latest video taken by Russell Smejkal on June 28, the bus is traveling south on County Route 547 near the Howell and Lakewood border. Smejkal speeds up to almost 70 mph but is never able to catch up to the bus, which appears to be going at least 15 miles over the 50 mph limit.
The video also shows the bus slow down, but not stop, at a railroad crossing.
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State traffic regulations require school buses to stop at crossings when they are carrying children.
Smejkal said the bus was filled with children, some of whom were standing during the ride.
New Jersey 101.5 provided a copy of the video to police in Lakewood days after it was recorded. Police in Howell may take over the investigation because the video shows the bus on their side of the border.
Jay's Bus Service did not return repeated phone and email messages seeking comment.
Last year, police in Lakewood charged the drivers of a Jay's school bus and a FedEx truck after they were seen on video obtained by New Jersey 101.5 aggressively driving on Airport Road.
The bus driver was fired the day after the video went online and was later ticketed for failure to maintain lane, improper passing and careless driving. The truck driver was charged with aggravated assault because police say he attacked a school bus driver by forcing the bus to drive on the wrong side of the road.
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Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5.