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Driver Charged After Citizen’s Dash Cam Catches Illegal Passing of School Bus


A driver has been arrested after a local resident’s dash cam video caught him swerving into the opposing lane of traffic and passing a stopped school bus that was picking up students on County Line Road in Lakewood.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office caught wind of the video after it was posted by local news site The Lakewood Scoop.

Alfonso D. Rodriguez-Rojas (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Alfonso D. Rodriguez-Rojas (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

“We at OCPO saw the video and were amazed at the driver’s blatant disregard for the safety of others and the NJ Motor Vehicle Statutes,” said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

The case was assigned to Detective Sgt. Michael Cecchini of the prosecutor’s office, who partnered with Lakewood Police Traffic Division Ptl. David Silberstein. Together they investigated the motor vehicle incident, which took place Thursday morning on E. County Line Road and Apple Street at approximately 7:23 am.

The video shows a green Ford F-150 pickup truck passing a stopped school bus over a double yellow line while the school bus had its red lights on and was taking on passengers. Cecchini and Silberstein quickly identified, tracked and located the offender, Della Fave said.

By 4:30 pm Thursday, Alfonso D. Rodriguez-Rojas, 36, of Lakewood was issued summons for reckless driving, improper passing, passing a stopped school bus, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. His mandatory court appearance is set for June 11 in Lakewood Municipal Court.

“OCPO thanks those who drive responsibly and pledges the commitment of the entire Ocean County Law Enforcement community to keep our roadways safe,” Della Fave said.

  • Frank Rizzo

    I love it! We should all have cameras on us 24 hours a day. Cameras facing in our vehicles to prevent unsafe driving…cameras outside of it as we see here how successful they can be. Cameras on us at work so if you are acting unsafe then you can be fired or have your workmans comp claim denied. No reason for just the police to use these. Cameras on us at work to prevent racism and sexual innuendos. Just like the complaints against the police go down with cameras so will our society improve greatly by using them.

  • ceeshore

    What he did was terribly wrong & I’m not condoning it! I would never do what he did but I have to tell you those school buses are a pain in the neck to be behind. They stop at every corner & insist on talking to the parents as traffic is backing up. If there aren’t dotted lines to pass legally, you can behind them for miles. It gets very frustrating & I can’t wait until summer until there aren’t any buses.

    • Mark Story Jenks

      You can always turn around and find another route. Does it really bother you that much?

    • fizbanic

      Don’t follow the school bus, a simple solution. Most roads will have another road that runs parallel to it that can be faster for you.

    • ghstht

      What, are you late for work? Leave 10 minutes early. Buses stick to a pretty regular schedule.

    • Jon Koehler

      I bet you’d think different if your kid or grand kid was at that bus stop. He shouldn’t have been driving period, he was suspended11. .

  • Nice, really nice job there fella. I see this stuff ALL the time in my normal commute. @ Frank Rizzo – agreed! Where do I sign up for this program? I almost feel “naked” out walking, without my dashcams that I am so used to in my car.