School bus driver, deputy caught breaking the law

SANTA FE (KRQE) -You can call it the invisible stop sign; although its very real residents say its very ignored by many drivers, including a sheriff’s deputy and a school bus driver.

Residents, who live in the Turquoise Trails neighborhood in Santa Fe, said its as if the stop sign, next to a park, doesn’t even exist.

David Calvert said speed limit signs are apparently mere suggestions for most drivers. He said he sees many going twice the speed limit.

However, when you see a school bus do it Calvert said it’s apparent there’s a problem.

It apparently happens so often, another man, who didn’t want to give his nam, was able to record the Santa Fe Public School bus blow through the stop sign twice last Wednesday. He used his cell phone to record the bus driver disregard the sign during his morning pick-up and again that afternoon.

Calvert wasn’t surprised.

“I see that several times a week,” Calvert said. “I’ve seen the school bus unfortunately and also UPS and the other trucks.”

The man who recorded the video said he’s seen an average of 20 cars blow through the stop sign on any given day.

Calvert’s said that’s an issue in any neighborhood but said there is an even bigger concern where he lives. The ignored stop sign sits across the street from a park.

“If they’re not paying attention to the speed limits and just rushing down the streets it makes me wonder, well, are they really going to pay attention to a kid? And a kid could just dart out,” Calvert said.

We took the video of the school bus to Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia. As he watched he shook his head as in disbelief.

“We’re trusting these people with our kids,” Garcia said.

The sheriff called it unacceptable. He said that he’ll have more deputies patrol the area to make sure kids are safe on the bus and the streets.

“I’m sure that the school district, the director of the transportation division will not take this lightly,” Garcia said.

However, the school bus driver isn’t the only one that will soon be in hot water. Minutes after we met with the sheriff, one of his own deputies rolled through that stop sign.

The sheriff said that will also not be tolerated.

“If we’re out enforcing the law then we should be abiding by it,” Garcia said.

The SFPS said its now started an investigation into the school bus driver.

Residents said the Homeowners Association has added speed bumps. But they said deputies ticketing drivers might be the only solution.

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