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Chesterfield mom pleads for school bus cameras after son hit by car

A Chesterfield County School bus driver reacts after a child is hit by a car while boarding. (Source: Chesterfield County) A Chesterfield County School bus driver reacts after a child is hit by a car while boarding. (Source: Chesterfield County)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Being in a hurry could cost a life, which is why Chesterfield is working on a program to catch people who don't obey bus stop laws.

The program could put cameras on nearly 20 percent of its fleet. Currently, three different school systems throughout the Commonwealth have already adopted school bus cameras. Chesterfield is one of about a dozen localities in Virginia piloting the program in an effort to better protect its students.

And one Chesterfield mom says it could mean the difference between life and death.

Oliver Ford was waiting for his bus on West Providence Road in May 2014 when he was involved in s crash. Video shows the bus driver came to a stop as Oliver and his brother ran to get onboard. They were struck by an oncoming car.  

"I'm racing out to what I think is my dead child in my hands, and by the grace of God,"mom Amy Ford, said, remembering the day and breaking down.

Ford was watching as the car slammed into one son and the car's side mirror hit her other child. Amazingly, both children escaped with only cuts and bruises.

It's been a year, but the horror of that day is never far from the surface for Ford.

She says she credits some good Samaritans on the scene and cameras on the bus for helping bring that driver to justice.

"If no one had stopped him and he went on his way with that camera, No one would've known who he was," Ford said.

The school system is looking to expand its bus camera program to catch drivers like the one that hit Ollie.

In December 2013, Chesterfield entered into a pilot program and noted 216 violations in a 32-day period.

Now schools are in a second pilot program.

According to the information provide to the board of supervisors, the program would not cost the county.

Initially, there was concern the police wouldn't be able to confirm the violations and ticket the offenders. But, the police department tells us the second time around the video is more clear and it's been able to confirm nearly 90 percent of the potential violations.

Ford is hoping the project gains support county-wide. 

The board of supervisors is set to take up the issue again on May 27.

The driver of the red car who hit Oliver was found guilty of several charges including hit and run.  He was sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

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