Boardman Schools transportation chief wants bus cam

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BOARDMAN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – Cameras, cameras, everywhere! How about on the outside of school buses to nail drivers who blow by the flashing lights?

The Boardman Local Schools transportation supervisor hopes to bring it up at the next school board meeting. Tom Davis would like to try out one camera, attached to the movable “stop” sign on the bus. He says each camera runs $1,000.

Davis says, “With all the traffic in Boardman, we’re having an ongoing problem with vehicles passing our buses while they’re stopped to either load or unload students”.

Davis says his bus drivers turned in the license plates and vehicle descriptions of 77 violators to the township’s police department last year. Half of those came from driver Ryan Dunn, who transports students down Market Street, Southern Boulevard and South Avenue. But he says the main roads aren’t the problem.

“Most of mine are actually on residential streets that are like cut-through streets such as Afton Avenue”.

WKBN went along with Dunn a school bus ride on Friday and sure enough, on his first stop, someone drove right past. “Yep, see, they went right through.”

Davis says the money for a camera could come from the district’s safety funds. He’d like at least one for now to go on Dunn’s bus as a trial run.

It’s a reminder to all that many schools are in session on Monday and you need to watch for the yellow buses and the red flashing lights.

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