Fastest NJ school vehicle yet? Clocked at 90 on Parkway
HOLMDEL — The latest speeding bus captured on video by a listener is the fastest yet.
The footage comes as police in an Ocean County municipality takes a step to enforce bus safety rules.
The video taken on Wednesday morning in the outer southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway shows the listener driving in the center lane near milepost 114 at 84 mph, according to his speedometer.
A school minivan is slightly ahead in the left lane. The listener who submitted the video said the vehicle had "On The Dot Trans" and "Union NJ" written on the side, and a license plate number of S26557.
The van, with "kids on board" written on the back, then speeds ahead while the driver hits 90. The posted speed limit on the Parkway in both the local and express lanes is 65.
It's not clear in the video if children are on board.
"Unfortunately, I knew her speed by matching up with her. I know that's seriously frowned upon, but as a parent, seeing kids doing 90 in the left lane made my blood boil," the listener, who did not want their name used in this report, told New Jersey 101.5.
A review posted to an unofficial Facebook page for On The Dot on Oct. 25 complained about a vehicle with the same license plate speeding.
"They don't drive safely at all. 85+ mph on GSP Van #3. S2u557 license plate. Cutting across 4 lanes of traffic," Sharon Dorthea wrote.
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"Really? Really? That was not one of our vehicles because no one's doing 90 on the Parkway," a representative of On the Dot Transportation told New Jersey 101.5.
After hearing about the Facebook complaint, the woman asked for the plate number and information about the vehicle and said she would investigate.
On the Dot has not had a vehicle inspected by the Motor Vehicle Commission since 2015, according to the state's school bus inspection reporting system.
Its initial out-of-service failure rate is 61 percent with an initial inspection passing rate of 4 percent.
The incident is the fourth in a series of videos recently submitted by listeners showing buses speeding on the Parkway but this was the fastest school vehicle yet.
- A driver was fired from Shamrock Stage Coach after a being clocked on video driving a a small school bus at 80 mph on Route 18 in Marlboro in November as kids jumped around.
- A second video shows the same driver in September driving at 80 on Route 18 near the Garden State Parkway.
- Also in November, a driver for DAG Transport was caught on video speeding at 77 mph on the Garden State Parkway in the Brick/Toms River area.
Plumstead police, meanwhile, said they are cracking down on drivers who pass school buses within the Ocean County community. A bus route will be picked at random and an officer will stay with the bus and watch for motor vehicle violations.
"We feel this detail is necessary due to the high number of complaints we’ve received the last few weeks," police wrote on their Facebook page.
A driver who passes a bus with flashing red lights carries a penalty of 5 points on their driver's license.
State Police do not approve of drivers recording video from behind the wheel. Instead, they suggest calling police.
“If a motorist believes someone is posing a hazard because of poor driving behaviors, please call the aggressive driver tip line from a hands-free mobile device to report it by dialing #77. Be ready to give a description of the vehicle and occupants, a location and direction, and a license plate if possible," State Police Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Flynn said.
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