Two school bus drivers in Queens have been arrested as part of a statewide crackdown on bus drivers following the horrific crash in the Bronx two weeks ago that left 15 people dead.
Authorities said both drivers had suspended licenses but were able to obtain new ones from the Department of Motor Vehicles by using bogus Social Security numbers, fake names, and different birth dates.
“In each case, the new motor vehicle licenses were intended to cover licenses that were suspended as long ago as 15 years ago,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told CBS 2’s John Slattery. “One of the drivers drove special needs kids.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a crackdown on commercial bus drivers in the wake of the March 12 accident in which 15 people were killed on Interstate 95 as their World Wide Tours bus was returning to Chinatown from Mohegan Sun casino.
During a sting operation a week after the deadly crash, New York City police reported that in one night 54 criminal summonses were issued in Manhattan, with eight buses towed away because of safety violations. Other buses ordered out of service were driven away by qualified drivers.