Bus driver charged with speeding, other violations

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A New York bus driver is charged with three safety violations after being pulled over by Virginia State Police in Henrico County.

A bus was pulled over just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, not long after leaving the Richmond location of Eastern Coach Incorporated at Boulevard near the intersection of Broad Street.

A Virginia State trooper spotted the bus going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone near the Brook Road exit on Interstate 95.

Federal officers are looking into whether this bus may be operating under another company's authority after the original company was shut down.

As that continues, passengers continued to board another Eastern Coach bus this morning, headed to New York.

This is a regular travel routine for Joanne Baughn. She takes the bus ride to New York City often on the Eastern Coach buses. She hasn't dealt with any problems.

But hearing the news that one of the drivers from this bus company was speeding is grabbing her attention.

"If I see he or she is speeding, I will say something," she said. "If they get angry, they get angry. It is for our own safety."

Virginia State Police said the 33-year-old driver was cited for violating the federal 10-hour driving rule and was not keeping up with his log book earlier this month.

Just 24 hours after that happened, Michael Oko is boarding an Eastern Coach bus for the first time.

"I will think about it, but I'm not that concerned," he said.

But the feds are concerned. They are in the midst of looking into inner city bus services up and down the East Coast.  Meanwhile we've uncovered some startling safety info on this bus company.

The company exceeds the threshold for unsafe driving and driver fitness.

Since last year, the company has been cited for seven speeding violations, many of those violations 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, or more.

Four violations for having non-English speaking drivers and one for someone driving a bus while disqualified. All of it being looked at by the feds.

Joanne vows to continue to ride these buses. But not without a firm warning.

"They have to be more accountable for who they hire and make sure they get enough sleep," Baughn said.

The new manager of the company told me he warned the driver about speeding and keeping up with his log book.

Also he told me he fired some drivers who do not speed English.

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