SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. When his son died, Michael Mayhew vowed to push for change.
That change moved one step closer to reality Monday.
The Senate passed the Cameron Mayhew Act, a bill named after a 16-year-old Fort Myers High School student who died from injuries suffered when he was hit by a car that failed to stop for a school bus.
The measure, which heads to Gov. Rick Scott for approval, would subject drivers who don’t stop for school buses to a fine of $1,500, strip them of their driver’s license for a year and force them to serve 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital.
Zachary Treinin, the driver who hit Cameron Mayhew, was fined $1,000, had his license suspended for six months and was required to take a driving class.
“Progress. We’re getting there,” Michael Mayhew said. “We’re making baby steps.”
Senate passage of the bill came 11 months to the day Cameron Mayhew was hit. But his father views it as more than a matter of closure for the family.
“People are not stopping for these buses and I don’t want another father to have to go through what I’ve gone through,” Mayhew said.