Madison mother records drivers passing bus with kids getting on; says her children are scared

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MADISON, N.C. -- One Madison mom is on a mission.

Carolyn Vernon says for at least four years, she's watched day after day as drivers zoom past the school bus while her kids are boarding it on a busy stretch of U.S. Highway 220. Even when the bus' stop arm is out and the lights are flashing.

"The main thing is safety," she said. "It's not just my children. It's everyone else that's on the bus. Plus all of the other passengers behind them."

So Friday, Vernon took out her cell phone and recorded the cars whizzing by. She sent the video the the school and to law enforcement and hopes it can prompt change.

"I have tried to contact I don't know how many people how many times about this," Vernon said. "But before something tragic happens, something needs to be done."

Vernon said there are no signs warning drivers that a school bus stop is coming up, and with the dangerous highway speeds, that's a big concern for her and for her kids, who are 7, 9 and 12 years old.

"They're scared," Vernon said. "And any children, whether it be elementary, middle or high school, they shouldn't have to live in fear."

The image below shows North Carolina’s law on stopping for a school bus.


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