“I didn't know what was happening at first, and I didn't know if it was going to hit me or not,” explains Julia Brehm of an incident last week.
The 12-year-old was about to cross the street to get on the school bus at her home in Wisconsin Rapids, when a driver did not stop for the school bus' stop sign, narrowly missing the girl.
The driver was eventually caught and cited after the whole thing was caught on tape. Julia's father runs a private investigation business and to test products, had his house equipped with surveillance cameras.
The next day, Julia's father, Scott put the video on Facebook. He and his partner found the driver who did admit to not stopping. The video was shown to the Wood County Sheriff's Department, whom issued the citation.
Unfortunately, school bus drivers say situations, like Julia's, happen all too often.
"When you see those red lights on, you need to stop”, said Ann Smith, Safeway bus company Safety Director.
She says it simply boils down to the fact that drivers are not paying attention.
Her best advice for drivers, “Slow down. Nothing is more important when children's lives are at stake”.
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