School buses caught running red lights in Mt. Juliet - WKRN News 2

School buses caught running red lights in Mt. Juliet

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. – Newly installed red light cameras in Mt. Juliet have been catching school buses running red lights.

Between February and April, there have been five violations of buses running red lights.

Four of the violations were caught on cameras at the intersection of North Mt. Juliet and Lebanon roads.  Three of those citations were from one driver.

The buses were coming from Mt. Juliet Middle School, carrying students.

In police video, one bus approaches the red light and turns right without stopping.

In another incident, the cameras show a bus driving right through an intersection on Lebanon Road after the light turned red.

Wilson County Schools' Director Mike Davis said a written reprimand is going in each of the three bus driver's files and said additional training is a possibility.

Each of the drivers has paid the $50 per ticket fine.

"In one case, one driver had three different citations, so that's repetitive behavior that needs to be addressed," Davis said.

He told News 2 if the drivers continue to ignore the rules of the road, suspension would likely be the next step.

"If it becomes something that is repetitive in nature, where they just ignore what they're supposed to be doing, we would take some more stringent actions," he said.

Davis said while the district has more than 130 buses that carry around 10,000 students each day, the handful of incidents is still too many.

"They have literally the lives of 60 children in their hands when they're at the wheel of that bus," he said.

The names of the bus drivers were not released.

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