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LEBANON, IL (KTVI)-- A Lebanon mother is speaking out after seeing dozens of cars speed past her kid`s bus stop while they were being picked up. Karen Kirkwood has lived in her St. Clair County neighborhood for more than 4 years and always worried about cars not stopping for the school bus. Nowadays, the situation has gotten progressively worse. The problem is along Scott Troy Road and Weil.

"I have 3 kids on separate buses, so they stop here 6 times per day. The first thing I encountered was drivers coming up over a hill. There have been some rear end accidents. People fly over the hill they don`t expect to see a stop for a bus. That`s one of my concerns," said Kirkwood.

The mother of three captured some of the drivers on her cell phone. She also had bus stop warning signs put up in the area, but that didn`t seem to slow drivers down. The speed limit on Scott Troy is 55 miles per hour.

"I am out here waving my arms trying to get them to stop, and they fly on by the bus. People should be stopping," said Kirkwood.

Karen`s kids, 12-year-old Spencer and 15-year-old Jordan, say the bus stop makes them feel uncomfortable.

"It scares me in a way because I don`t want one on the phone to crash into the bus," said Spencer.

"Moving our bus stop down the road would be a good choice and just make drivers more aware of the bus stop signs," Jordan said.

According to Illinois State Police, if you pass a stopped bus you could lose your license for three months and pay a $150 to $500 fine.  If you`re caught a second time, the license suspension is a year.

Now all the Kirkwood family wants is a new stop close to home and far away from danger.

"Is it going to be a child that finally gets hit when people start to say why we didn`t do anything sooner. That`s why I`m trying to get the attention of someone to do something about it," Karen said.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE INFORMATION

http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/pressdetails.cfm?ID=15
http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/5-542.pdf

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