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Video catches school buses running through stop signs in Oxon Hill

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OXON HILL, Md. -

It is a deadly combination: school buses loaded with kids running stop signs.

Parent Troy Lucas Sr. says he and others parents had been complaining to school officials about schools buses blowing through the stop sign at Elkins Avenue and Crawford Street near Oxon Hill High School for weeks.

When nothing happened, he took out his cell phone and got it on video. And then posted it on YouTube.

"You're in the community with kids walking from school, parents walking to get their kids, students driving to and from school. It's a serious problem," Lucas says. "You get blindsided by a bus with kids on it and it's a problem for you and everyone on the bus as well."

School officials released this statement hours after Lucas put his video on YouTube:

"We are currently investigating this situation. All Prince George's County Public Schools bus drivers are required to follow and practice all Maryland state traffic laws," said Max Pugh, Acting Communications Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools.

Lucas was back out with his camera phone Wednesday and what a difference a day makes. Every bus stopped at the stop sign. There were also two staffers on the corner monitoring the situation.

"After I recorded it, something was done," says Lucas.

The school system encourages people to keep their eyes on its 1,250 buses on its webpage.

Transportation Director Lori Carter-Evans writes, "We appreciate your help as parents and community members in promoting safety both on and off the bus."

Lucas says he will keep his eyes open.

"I will be keeping a watch on things out of concern for the neighborhood and the community,” he says.

To report problems, you can call the Transportation Phone Bank at 301-952-6570.


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