Buffalo dad says bus stop safety still a problem

Wants to see a greater police presence at dangerous intersection

Mineral Spring Road and Seneca Street

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB)– Buffalo dad Bryan Young worries for his son’s life every time he takes the bus.

That’s because Young said cars repeatedly pass the bus, even when the stop lights are on.

5-year-old Carter gets on and off the bus everyday at Seneca Street and Mineral Spring Road.

Carter has autism, and often has episodes. Young worries he’ll accidentally get too close to the road, and be hit by a driver who’s not paying attention.

News 4 first met Young back in July. After seeing cars continuing to speed by his son’s bus, he went to the city for help.

“For a couple days there was an officer out here patrolling and taking care of what needed to be done, and they were issuing tickets,” Young told News 4.

But the action was short-lived.

Young said a few days after our first story aired, there wasn’t regular patrols in the area.

“It seems like nobody is really taking this issue seriously. I mean if they were, we’d have patrols out here, they’d be looking at the cameras,” Young said.

There is a traffic camera at the intersection.

According to a city spokesperson, the camera is routinely monitored. The spokesperson also said police have been issuing tickets to drivers who fail to stop for school buses.

Young hasn’t seen it. But he said his son’s bus drivers do everything they can.

“They blow the horn, they’re yelling. I mean, there’s only so much you can do from behind the wheel,” he said.

There haven’t been any recent accidents in the area involving a school bus, and the city’s spokesperson said there can’t be patrols there 24-7.

Young said it’s a safety issue, and that at least during peak school hours, patrols should be there.

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