WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Negligent and distracted driving habits have driven a local bus driver to take matters in his own hands. Just in time for National School Bus Safety Week, Bob Meyerholz is taking his crusade to Facebook.
Meyerholz, a bus driver of 26 years, says he’s always watching drivers go right by his bus while it’s stopped, sometimes three to five times a day. “It’s ridiculous. I mean, is it gonna take a kid to get killed?I don’t want to see that.”
Meyerholz recently installed a camera on his bus and started a Facebook campaign named after his bus number 200. “I named it Project 200 Save a Child’s Life. Stop on Signal,” said Meyerholz.
He says drivers in other states from Pennsylvania to Texas have reached out to him. “They’re writing to me, “Bob, We have the same problem. We have trouble spots daily. We can’t have the police departments there everyday. We can’t. They don’t have the manpower to sit at bus stops everyday,” said Meyerholz.
Shane Clavaton’s two little brothers ride Meyerholz’s bus. When he walks to the top of his street to pick them up, his heart races. He says, “Everyday, I can see cars passing by even when the bus driver pulls the sign, cars keep passing it.”
“Even the fine, 450 dollars for a child’s life is ridiculous,” said Meyerholz. “You have to stop and people don’t get it. They think they can stop, look at you, wave, you know I stopped now I can go. No. You have to stop until that sign closes and those flashing lights stop.”
Meyerholz also hopes to bring attention to the lights on the bus. “They’re slow blinking. They’re not that bright. Emergency vehicles have light bars that are very very intense. Tow trucks even have them. We should be able to have them on these buses.”