Inland Empire News
Rancho Cucamonga boy honored for making school bus stop safer
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Rancho Cucamonga elementary school student is being hailed a hero for helping improve safety outside his school. The young boy got a special salute on Wednesday from the San Bernardino County sheriff.
Sterling Vieau, 10, says he is amazed at the number of cars and trucks not stopping at the intersection of Hellman and Wilson avenues.
"That's my bus stop. I always get there and one day we just noticed the cars weren't stopping, so we did a survey," said Vieau.
For seven days in January, he and his mom sat at the busy intersection and watched.
"We were out there at different times of the day for 15 minutes, and we would tally off cars that didn't stop and stopped," said Vieau.
He found that 67 percent of vehicles didn't stop despite posted signs. He took his results and wrote a letter to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
The Stork Elementary School Student was paid a very special visit by Sheriff John McMahon.
"It's not every day that we get to recognize a student for going above and beyond and doing incredible things for their community," said McMahon.
Vieau was recognized for improving safety at his school's bus stop.
"I just thought, 'Oh great, you know, we're going to have a couple officers drop in, and maybe we can slow people down,'" said his mom, Diane Vieau.
The sheriff's department did more than that. Deputies handed out a number of citations. It hasn't completely solved the problem, but overall, Vieau and his mom say they've seen an improvement.
"There's lots of crashes every day and maybe we could stop some of those crashes and save some lives," the 10-year-old said.
inland empire news, leticia juarez
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