Jitney drivers make pledge of safety in wake of Angelie Paredes’s death in West New York crash

Jitney bus drivers in Hudson County have come under scrutiny since an 8-month-old girl was killed in a July bus crash.

Jitney bus drivers in Hudson County have come under scrutiny since an 8-month-old girl was killed in a July bus crash. (8/23/13)

WEST NEW YORK - Jitney bus drivers in Hudson County have come under scrutiny since an 8-month-old girl was killed in a July bus crash.

Legislators have proposed new regulations on the drivers in memory of Angelie Paredes. In the meanwhile, jitney drivers tell News 12 New Jersey they are taking actions of their own to help prevent future tragedies.

Jose Valdez says he remains positive despite the negative reputation he and other drivers have received. "The community needs this kind of service," he says.

Police say Idowu Daramola was distracted by a cellphone when he struck the light pole that came crashing down on Angelie.

The drivers have formed the Association of Professional Interstate Conductors and leaders like Jose want change. "We need to drive safely," he says.

West New York Mayor Felix Roque says the city is cracking down. "If they have buses that are defective, bus drivers without license or insurance cards, then I'm sorry this is the way it has to be," he says.

Roque plans to meet dozens of drivers to discuss the new laws and safety issues.
 

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