MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Miamisburg City Schools has installed five stop-arm cameras on the exterior of a few of their buses.
On Belvo Rd. in Miamisburg next to the high school, a viral video helped spark a grassroots movement to get the cameras installed. The effort even caught the attention of local lawmaker, Niraj Antani.
Joanna Bentley is the mom who got the conversation rolling after her cameras caught a car going by a bus with its stop sign out and flashing.
The incident happened in a school zone as well.
“I’m just a mom. I didn’t really know where to start. I started by contacting the school saying we have a problem. I talked to the police department. I contacted the news about my video,” said Bentley.
She even went to the city council and eventually got in contact with Antani.
He’s now working on a bill to stiffen the penalties for drivers who violate the law.
But despite all their efforts, Bentley still sees the same problem on a daily basis.
“It’s four lanes or more..you do not need to stop. The cross traffic does not need to stop. But three lanes – you do need to stop,” said Bentley.
The district purchased the 5 cameras at $600 a piece. Bentley says the school is targeting high violation areas first and will add more cameras later.