Bus driver charged for slamming on brakes, endangering children
ROBBINSVILLE » A school bus driver who performed a “brake-check” for no apparent reason last month has been charged with cruelty and neglect of children.
Ricky K. Moore, 28, of Hamilton, was also issued motor vehicle citations for reckless and careless driving by Robbinsville police, which investigated the November 30 incident.
Officials say Moore was transporting students on a Garden State Transport (GST) bus when he performed a “brake-check,” which is a maneuver that involves slamming on the brakes to scare another motorist who may be tailgating.
In a press release, police officials say Moore abruptly
stopped the bus for “no apparent reason,” but a statement released by GST implies he may have done it to force kids to sit down.
Moore admitted he slammed on the brakes during the afternoon commute, according to officials who say several students were tossed from their seats.
A Pond Road Middle School eighth grade student suffered a broken leg during the incident.
GST released a statement Thursday confirming Moore had been suspended.
“GST has suspended Ricky Moore until further notice pending the on-going investigation,” the written statement said. “Mr. Moore began driving for GST in September 2015 and has been the assigned driver on the Robbinsville Route 04 the entire time. Neither GST nor Robbinsville School District is aware of any complaints (against) Mr. Moore during his time as a driver. NJ state law, school policy and company policy states that all students are to be seated and seatbelted in at all times. GST takes safety very seriously and expects all drivers and students to be following school district policy for safe transport to and from school.”
Moore was released from police custody and a court date has been set for December 21.