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North Ridgeville moms make yard signs, gives them to community to combat school bus passers

Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 22:38:18-05

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — Holly Swenk is fed up with drivers zooming past her kid's school bus while they're getting on and off.

She has several videos she's taken on her phone this school year that show car after car driving right by the bus.

"We have this really big issue in the city, is there a way we can get some cameras on these buses?" Swenk asked.

She pushed hard for school bus cameras in North Ridgeville and a few of them of them are now equipped, but she didn't stop there.

"I thought it was just my house, you don't realize its an epidemic, its happening everywhere," Robyn Ringwall, another concerned North Ridgeville parent said.

Swenk and Ringwall teamed up and had bright yellow signs made, encouraging folks to follow the law. Ringwall then started looking for neighbors to plant them in their front yards.

"I asked who would be interested in purchasing a sign," Swenk said.

Soon enough, community businesses and city officials stepped in to pick up the tab.

"Now you see them all over the city," Swenk said.

Both concerned moms say they think the signs are helping, but believe more works needs to be done.

"I've noticed a significant decrease in bus running just in my house alone and I'm on the major road," Swenk said. "But its still a problem, its still a huge problem."

"I don't care if you're five minutes late to work," Ringwall said. "You know what? Just slow down, stop, stop for that bus."

The pair printed 300 signs, but those are almost gone. They plan to get more and keep growing their message.