Portland mom: Cars not stopping for school buses

Traffic laws in Ore. pertaining to school bus stops require all vehicles traveling in both directions to stop

School bus file
(MGN-Online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Southwest Portland mother is worried about cars not stopping for school buses in the area and has video to prove it.

Theresa Naylor’s cell phone video shows her daughter’s bus coming down Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to its stop at Southwest 35th. The bus comes to a stop, but the cars in the other lanes continue to drive past the bus.

“The bus driver would have to honk the horn at drivers that were passing by. She was like, ‘this is ridiculous.’ And then I started to take note, and over the last three weeks or so, it’s just become a regular thing – daily,” Naylor explained.

Traffic laws in Oregon pertaining to school bus stops require all vehicles traveling in both directions to stop, but Naylor said they don’t at her daughter’s bus stop.

Naylor said she had contacted police about the issue, but she said she has only seen a motorcycle officer near the stop once.

She said she isn’t satisfied with the type of response she’s received in dealing with the problem.

“I left messages over the last week and [have] gotten no return calls at all,” Naylor said.

While Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Pete Simpson didn’t have any immediate information on Naylor’s specific complaint, he said traffic officers go to where the complaints come from in the area.

“We want to hear more from people as they hear about more of these things. That’s how we know where to go, so we’re utilizing our resources wisely,” said Simpson.

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