Cops: Driver Said She Didn't Deserve Passing-School-Bus Ticket

You don't get a pass, even if you wait three minutes for a stopped school bus before you pass, as one Darien woman said she did, according to police.

File photo: Temple Terrace Patch
File photo: Temple Terrace Patch
Yes, she passed the school bus as it was picking up a child on Edgerton Road, the driver admitted to police (according to police).

But, no, she said (according to police), she didn't deserve the ticket -- that bus took too long to pick up a student in front of his home, she said.

Darien police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the incident:

At 7:43 a.m. on Monday, March 3, police received a call that a driver had passed the school bus. The caller had the license plate number.

Police contacted the owner of the gray Audi Q5 -- Pamela Bass, 51, of Long Neck Point Rd. Bass is a former chairman of the now-defunct Darien Tree Commission, a town board.

Bass told police the bus was sitting still with lights flashing for three minutes or so when she drove around it, north on Edgerton Street. Police did not confirm that with the driver.

She was issued the ticket, which needed to be answered by Friday, March 14. It carries a $465 fine.

Editor's note: There was a second driver ticketed on a charge that she passed a school bus in a separate incident in the same week.
J March 17, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Claiming to have posted as someone that you are not is what is offensive, Porter Gladstone.
Porter gladstone March 17, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Yep, sorry J.
David Gurliacci March 18, 2014 at 12:22 AM
I've restored comments after I was told today that comments were deleted (that was done by a reader -- if enough readers [or one very determined reader] click on the "Flag as Inappropriate" phrase near a comment, that comment is deleted). The Darien Times spoke with the driver. I reported what the police said. Anyone who is charged by police is always welcome to contact me or post right here and give their side of the story.
Porter gladstone March 18, 2014 at 02:26 AM
David, may I ask if you contacted the Police , or the Police contacted you? And if you can contact police and the Times can contact the driver, cant you as well? IN the past, you have expressed some discomfort with the dissemination of information from Town Hall to Patch vs Times. Could it be possible that they just make the calls that you dont and then convey a more balanced or complete version?
snoop lion March 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM
David, this is the former Queequeg. Since the comments were not flagged by an editor could you enlighten me as to why my account is suspended? I'd love to have it activated again. Much appreciated.


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