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Exclusive: We catch school buses speeding with your children on board
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Speeding school buses, it's an Eyewitness News Investigators Exclusive

         Thousands of children across the ocean state do this every morning and afternoon..ride on a school bus.   For parents its supposed to be a safe way to get their children to and from school.   But are all school bus drivers obeying the speed limit.

On this day, the investigators are out on Middle road in B arrington. The sign says 20 miles an hour....the radar gun has a different number..40.     Speeding school buses..some parents were not happy to hear what the eyewitnessnews investigators uncovered.


"They get upset with motorists who don't obey stop signs for them to let kids cross.   The school buses themselves are speeding and they should be reprimmanded for that."


"We're requried to go 20 miles an hour across the school zones"

On this stretch of road on the Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence,  the speed limit is 35 miles an hour.   But, this bus is caught by our radar gun going 41 miles an hour.   Another bus in a 35...going 42.

"I've seen it myself.   If they're going faster than i am, they're speeding."

"I was driving on the high speed lane and a big school bus just came in front of me without sign, without nothing.   I was very concerned about the kids too.


Check out some of the other speeding school buses we clocked with our radar gun.   Here on Middle highway in B arrington,  the speed limit is 20 miles per hour,  but the bus is caught doing 32.    On Washington road, the speed limit is 35..the bus is doing 41.

"Its going to make me not want to let my children on a school bus."


"That to me is no good because my son is just five years old.   I'm doing my best not to speed."

We contacted the Laidlaw bus company Keith G alloway says less than one percent of of their drivers have been cited for speeding. All of their drivers must pass a state background check.   Drivers cannot have any felonies, no misdemoners and no more than two moving vioalations in the last five years.   Galloway says he always wants to hear from concerned parents.

The buses we tracked carrying special needs children all followed the speed limit.


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