Sheriff cracks down on speeding buses

DOLAN SPRINGS - A Mohave County Sheriff's Office Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Deputy stopped a speeding tour bus going through Dolan Springs at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

Li Chao Yu, 49 of Corona, Calif., was driving a 2003 Asiana Superior Coach tour bus that was en route back to Las Vegas from Grand Canyon West. A deputy allegedly caught the bus on radar going 55 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone on Pierce Ferry Road.

The officer stopped the bus, with its 40-plus passengers on board, and learned Yu was operating the bus in violation of a restriction on his California commercial driver's license that prohibited Yu from operating a vehicle equipped with airbrakes.

Yu received a citation charging him with the criminal speed violation and for violating the restriction on his CDL, another criminal violation.

The bus was placed out of service until about 9:30 p.m., when an appropriately licensed driver could arrive from Las Vegas to pick up the bus and its passengers.

Sheriff Tom Sheahan said, "The Sheriff's Office will not tolerate this type of driving conduct, no matter who is inconvenienced."

A safety inspection report recorded the Federal Motor Carrier violations against the tour company for the driver's actions.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Asiana Superior Coach Inc, a tour company started in 2002 in San Gabriel, Calif., operates nine buses with 11 drivers, and as of January 2007 has a satisfactory safety rating.