Bus driver in Marshall Co. receives warning for speeding in school zone

Published: Apr. 13, 2016 at 10:19 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM CDT
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Police caught a bus driver they say was going twice the speed limit in a school zone in a bus filled with students.

"We are less lenient in our school zones than any other speed zone in our city," said Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston.

It's something you wouldn't think you would see but Tuesday morning an Arab police officer clocked a school bus with children doing 50 miles per hour in the Brindlee Mountain Middle School zone where the limit is 25 and lights flashing.

"The bus was stopped. He talked with the driver who was a sub driver, an employee of the Marshall County School system, and then he issued a written citation, a written warning citation," said Chief Ralston.

This isn't the first time Ralston has had issues with unsafe driving by bus drivers.

"We have talked with the bus driver supervisor, who is kind of the coordinator for all the bus drivers, and explained to them please caution your bus drivers to slow down," said Chief Ralston.

Ralston wants to remind people school zones are congested during times of arriving and departing schools and everyone, especially bus drivers should adhere to the posted limits for the safety of the children.

"They should be the one that sets the standard for people how to drive in the bus zones, in the school zones so that's what we want to get across to everybody," said Chief Ralston.

So does the driver face any consequences with the school district?

Superintendent Cindy Wigley said the substitute driver wasn't familiar with the area but it was documented as a first offense.

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