Video: Car almost collides with school bus crossing ART lane

An Albuquerque woman and her young daughter nearly collided with a school bus as the bus crossed the lanes designated for the ART buses. 

“I was driving down Central with my daughter after we finished shopping, and out of nowhere a bus came hurling out of the ART lane,” said Rivah Corkhill.

The entire incident was caught on camera.

“It was terrifying, we slammed on the brakes,” said Corkhill. “We almost hit it and I don’t think they noticed.” 

Last Friday, Corkhill had a close call with an Albuquerque Public School bus near Central and 52nd.

“I don’t know if people know that this is dangerous,” said Corkhill.

Fed up with drivers, Corkhill bought a dashcam. The video shows the bus crossing the double yellow lines, which is illegal.

“Always have to avoid someone hanging out in the ART lane,” said Corkhill.

The video also caught another car disobeying the law, a driver using the ART bus lane as a turning lane, which is also illegal.

In just a few minutes, KRQE News 13 saw several drivers doing exactly that, what they’re not supposed to do.

“This is a public safety issue,” said Johnny Chandler with the Department of Municipal Development. “You could hurt yourself, you could hurt someone else.”

 Chandler said although the ART buses are not up and running yet, it’s still an offense using the lanes.

“At this point, I believe they’re still giving warnings, but you could still face an $80 penalty for doing so,” said Chandler.

As for Corkhill, she just wants people to be more aware of their surroundings.

“I think because there are no buses running that it’s just a turning lane, but it’s not,” said Corkhill. “It’s solid lines and it’s dangerous.” 

As for that bus driver, APS said it was a driver contracted with Herrera Buses. APS said the driver will go through driving re-education. The district said they don’t know if there were any children on the bus at the time.

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