90 mph on Parkway: School driver suspended after video
HOLMDEL — The driver of a school van that was caught on video going 90 mph on the Garden State Parkway was reprimanded and suspended for a week.
Marchand MacReynolds, the owner of On The Dot Transportation, called New Jersey 101.5 with news of the suspension and to thank the station for making him aware of his driver's speeding. He said the van was not carrying children at the time and the driver was not aware of how fast she was going.
A New Jersey 101.5 listener who asked not to be identified for this report sent video that he recorded Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. on the outer southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway. It shows the listener driving in the center lane near milepost 114 at 84 mph, according to his speedometer.
A school minivan is slightly ahead in the left lane.The van then speeds ahead while the driver hits 90. The posted speed limit on the Parkway in both the local and express lanes is 65.
MacReynolds said that the woman normally drives bigger buses that have engine governors that limit their speeds.
"She just wasn't paying attention and she got caught up," MacReynolds said.
"Since there were no kids in the vehicle and she was doing me a favor taking the vehicle to get serviced. If she would have got a ticket, her license would have got the points on it so I thought that one week was good enough." He said that the driver, whose identity he would not disclose, was a veteran driver with a clean driving record.
"The speed limit is 65. I could see going 75 with the flow of traffic, but 90 is inexcusable," MacReynolds said, adding that he takes his business seriously and handles complaints "on the spot."
"I appreciate watching eyes. We got our name on the vehicle," MacReynolds said.
MacReynolds said the company's driving abstracts are checked before the school year begins and are throughly investigated.
The incident is the fourth in a series of videos recently submitted by listeners showing buses speeding on the Parkway but this was the fastest school vehicle yet.
- A driver was fired from Shamrock Stage Coach after a being clocked on videodriving a a small school bus at 80 mph on Route 18 in Marlboro in November as kids jumped around.
- A second video shows the same driver in September driving at 80 on Route 18 near the Garden State Parkway.
- Also in November, a driver for DAG Transport was caught on video speeding at 77 mph on the Garden State Parkway in the Brick/Toms River area.
Plumstead police, meanwhile, said they are cracking down on drivers who pass school buses within the Ocean County community. A bus route will be picked at random and an officer will stay with the bus and watch for motor vehicle violations.
“We feel this detail is necessary due to the high number of complaints we’ve received the last few weeks,” police wrote on their Facebook page.
A driver who passes a bus with flashing red lights carries a penalty of 5 points on their driver’s license.
State Police do not approve of drivers recording video from behind the wheel. Instead, they suggest calling police.
“If a motorist believes someone is posing a hazard because of poor driving behaviors, please call the aggressive driver tip line from a hands-free mobile device to report it by dialing #77. Be ready to give a description of the vehicle and occupants, a location and direction, and a license plate if possible,” State Police Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Flynn said.