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Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Patrols for Speeding School Bus

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A school bus driver allegedly speeds past a Lady's Island bus stop as kids wait to board a different bus. News 3 first brought you the story just weeks into the start of school. 

Neighbors then said they filed complaints with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the bus company to no avail. However, one parent says she is finally seeing the fruit of her efforts.

The bus stop on Friendship Lane in Lady's Island is just feet away from the narrow street Tanayia LaPointe says a school bus speeds by each day.

"It's somebody, whipping by here, and totally disregarding my child standing a foot and half or two feet from that bus," LaPointe says.

She estimates the bus zooms by at speeds of at least 45 on the 25 mph road. To try to slow traffic, she posted a sign in her yard that reads "Speed limit 25. You hit my kid, you won't need a lawyer". But she says even that wasn't enough.  

However, Friday morning she says she finally saw a change. She spoke with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office the day before, and Friday morning she noticed a Deputy Sheriff patrolling.

"He's putting in a little extra effort to make sure we have more patrol, and they've been out here this morning," LaPointe says.  

The Sheriff's Office initially told News 3 they have no record of LaPointe's complaints. However, they now say they have call logs of her reports from August.

"She has reported to us on several occasions in complaint of a bus traveling in excess of the posted speed limit," says Sgt. Robin McIntosh. "We have been in contact to speak with the bus company and to increase patrols out there to avoid any unfortunate accidents."

So far, LaPointe thinks the morning patrol is working. There was no sign of the speeding school bus. But she says she will work toward other goals, too.

"I've also spoken with traffic management and we're looking to get a speed bump, some speed limit signs," she says.

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