LARGO, Fla. - Caught on camera: school buses running red lights, through some of the most dangerous intersections in Tampa Bay. But a loophole in the law allows even repeat violators to continue driving your children.
They are among Tampa Bay’s most troubling red light runners, school bus drivers running through red lights, often carrying precious cargo.
“Wow. blows right through it!” said Sean Baynard, watching footage of buses running red lights.
“It's definitely nerve racking. I have a seven-year-old and a 13-year-old,” said Gislaine Saucerman.
Through open records requests, we obtained more than 20 red light camera citations sent to school bus drivers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Pasco, Polk and Sarasota Counties.
Pinellas County school bus drivers received three red light violations at the intersection of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Chestnut Street in downtown Clearwater.
Two violations were from the same bus driver, and came just a month apart.
Driver La-Shl Frazier first ran a red light on March 3, then ran the same light April 3. Both times she was driving students home from Clearwater High School.
“What's the most dangerous section of the road that involves death and mayhem for citizens? The answer is intersections. Intersections that are regulated by lights,” said Attorney Kevin Hayslett, who represents bus crash victims.
It's not always the bus drivers ignoring the red lights.
A driver blowing through a red light caused a crash in January at an intersection a few blocks from where Frazier ran red lights. No students were hurt, but rescue workers rushed both drivers to the hospital.