According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when traveling by school bus than traveling by car. Although school buses are the safest way to transport students, there are still improvements that can be made to make school buses even safer and more secure.
Here are a few technological advances that have improved safety on school buses:
One of the main issues regarding bus safety is drivers illegally passing the bus. This creates a dangerous situation that could ultimately result in fatalities. Some school buses have implemented cameras in the stop arm to monitor drivers and ensure that illegal passers are caught and punished. By catching people who illegally pass buses it will help decrease this occurrence and keep children safer as they get on and off the bus.
Another way cameras help to keep school buses safe is by using them to eliminate blind spots. Because school buses are such large vehicles there are a lot of instances where drivers may not be able to see children approaching the bus. Some school buses use back-up cameras, so the driver is able to have a complete view of anything behind the bus.
In addition to cameras, GPS tracking is also being implemented on certain school buses. This helps parents keep track of buses and ensure that they arrive at the stop in time to retrieve their children from the bus stop. There are even apps that allow parents to see their child’s bus’s exact location.
While WIFI is not a safety measure, it is a technological advancement that helps provide a better riding experience for students. With WIFI enabled school buses, students are allowed to catch up on homework, study, and do research during their ride. This can help them stay focused and possibly help reduce the number of school bus fights.
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