ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque parent couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a school bus driver, driving a bus full of children, break the law Friday afternoon.
“I was shocked,” Richard Adams said. “Very upset about it.”
Adams, a parent to two now-grown children who attended Albuquerque Public Schools, said he was coming back from the state fair yesterday when he witnessed the bus driver break the law. It happened at the intersection of Comanche and Wyoming.
A self-proclaimed ‘gadget guy,’ Adams captured the entire incident on his dashboard camera and uploaded it to YouTube (click or watch below).
The bus was in a line of several other buses turning right from westbound Comanche onto northbound Wyoming.
“Two buses went through, and then our light turned green, which means the Comanche light turned red,” he explained, which can be seen in the video.
The bus is then seen proceeding to make the right-hand turn while Adams has the green to go forward.
“Blatantly running the red light,” he said.
Adams said it was bus No. 194.
Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson Rigo Chavez couldn’t tell KRQE News 13 which school the bus came from, but the incident happened about 10 minutes after 3 p.m. Nearby Madison Middle School and Sombra del Monte Elementary School both let out on Friday around 3 p.m.
Adams said he saw children aboard the bus.
“You put your children on a bus and you expect the bus driver to follow the law and be safe and trust your child’s safety to the bus driver,” he said.
Chavez said if a citizen sees a bus driver break the law, they should call Albuquerque Police.
KRQE News 13 asked APD Officer Simon Drobik what would happened in a case like this, had Adams called police.
Drobik said an officer can only issue a traffic citation for a violation, like running a red light, if the officer physically witnesses the incident.
Drobik then suggested something APS’s Chavez did not, which was to call the bus company and report the bad driver.
“That person should be absolutely fired, he shouldn’t be entrusted with our children,” Adams said. “Something needs to be done, bus drivers can’t continue to do this.”
Chavez said school officials will look into the incident on Monday, when school resumes.