A video posted on Facebook showing a Baltimore County school bus speeding down a neighborhood street in Overlea has prompted an investigation, county school system officials said.
The video, viewed more than 144,000 times on the social media site as of Friday afternoon, shows a bus barreling down Overton Avenue, a one-lane, dead-end street, past a woman in a driveway who shouts, “Slow down!”
The woman, Christina Nye, was waiting to cross the street and get in the car with her two sons, said Paul Nye, her husband.
They had just seen the bus pass one way down the street, dropping off children about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, and one of their sons decided to capture it on video as the bus headed back out of their neighborhood toward Belair Road.
It wasn’t the first time the Nyes had seen a school bus or other vehicles speeding down their street. Paul Nye said they have complained about speeding school buses to Baltimore County schools officials three times in the past six months — but it took the video to get an investigation going, he said.
“You’ve got to be able to substantiate a claim or a report,” he said. “You can see he was going well over the speed limit.”
He noted that it was not clear whether the driver was a man or a woman.
Baltimore County schools spokesman Brandon Oland said the driver has been identified but declined to share the person’s name or other details because the investigation is ongoing. Oland said he could not say whether any action has been taken regarding the driver because “we can’t discuss personnel matters.”
Oland said school bus drivers “are expected to abide by all traffic laws.”
Paul Nye said his family doesn’t want the driver to be disciplined — they would rather see a speed bump installed on the quiet, narrow road. There are no sidewalks, and cars parked along the sides of the road only allow one car to pass at a time.
“It’s about safety, safety, safety,” Nye said. “The drivers need to slow down.”