MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - Mentor Public Schools is taking new measures to ensure safety as students board and get off the school bus.
The district will now be installing cameras on school buses in an effort to crack down on drivers who illegally pass them.
It was all made possible because of a $40,000 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
“I average four or five cars go by my red lights on a weekly basis,” said Mentor Public Schools bus driver Pat Keegan.
Keegan has been a driver with the district for two decades now. He said the problem is only getting worse.
“It’s very stressful because you obviously don’t want a tragedy,” he added.
As long as this camera is installed on the bus, anyone who runs the stop sign will automatically be captured on footage.
“We can get the license plate of the car and then we can turn it over to the police,” said Keegan.
Lt. Dan Molnar, with the Mentor Police Department, said the cameras will be extremely beneficial in helping officers save lives.
“People want video evidence of everything. So if we have that, it makes our jobs easier enforcing the laws,” said Lt. Molnar.
“Hopefully we don’t have to give anyone a ticket. We want you guys to get the word out there and people will start stopping,” concluded Keegan.
Mentor Public Schools officials are planning to have these cameras installed on all 78 School buses utilized by the district.