June 25, 2016

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Bus drivers report lawbreaking motorists

BRUNSWICK — Even on major roadways, motorists still have to stop for school buses with flashing red lights.

That’s the message from Brunswick school bus drivers who reported two separate instances of cars racing around their buses as students climbed off the buses Tuesday afternoon.

According to police reports, the incidents both occurred on Center Road as drivers were dropping students off after school.

Brunswick Superintendent Michael Mayell said the district hasn’t seen an increase in offenses, but pointed out that drivers in the district are proactive about reporting offenders.

“I do know the police are aggressive about going after it, and I’m proud that our drivers reported the behavior,” Mayell said.

The rules for stopping for buses on crowded main roads in Brunswick gets a little confusing. Roads with four lanes or more, such as Center Road between Pearl Road and West 130th Street, require traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus to stop, but allows motorists in the opposite two lanes to continue moving, Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar said.

“If the bus is traveling eastbound, all eastbound traffic has to stop,” Solar said.

However, on streets like Pearl Road, where there are only two lanes and a center turn lane, motorists in both directions are required to stop and wait for the bus.

Solar said that the bus drivers in Brunswick are proactive about taking license plate numbers of motorists who don’t obey the laws and turning them over to police.

On Tuesday, Brunswick police were able to issue two citations to drivers in separate instances along Center Road.

“They give us the information, and we go out and issue the citations,” Solar said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.