DJ Bermudez and his wife Chazarae have a lot of fear about their 6-year-old son’s safety as he gets on and off the bus.
“The bus stops and people just don’t obey the stop sign,” DJ said.
That fear stems from what they have captured more than once on cell phone video. Cars--in both directions--speeding past their son’s stopped bus.
“She clearly has her flashers on every time she comes around the corner and cars are just whipping past her," Chazarae said.
DJ, Chazarae and their two children live along 135th Street near Smith Road in unincorporated Will County.
They say the problem they have captured on video has been going on since the beginning of the school year and prompted them to file reports with the Will County sheriff’s office.
“Today is my greatest fear," DJ said. "Kids dying because people can’t wait two seconds to just slow down for kid to get off the bus."
Hours after the deaths of three siblings at their school bus stop in Rochester, Indiana on Tuesday, DJ and Chazarae say they once again called the sheriff’s office--which sent out a patrol car.
“Coming out here and picking Cruz up off of his bus knowing what’s going on, knowing what happened that morning, I can’t even imagine," Chazarae said.
The Will County sheriff’s office says it has received more than one formal complaint and says residents nd the bus company should contact them when someone breaks the law so they can increase patrols.
DJ has a message for those driving near school bus stops in the wake of Tuesday's tragedy in Indiana.
“When you see the flashing lights, stop, slow down," he said. "Give the kid 30 seconds to get off the bus, that’s all it takes."