Bus driver charged for slam­ming on brakes, en­dan­ger­ing chil­dren

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By Tren­to­nian Staff

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.

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