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from school is a statistical fact. Another fact is that to get on and off the safest form of travel, stu- dents must navigate a no-man’s land called the Danger Zone or red zone, a 10-foot area around the bus. Tis is where students, especially younger students, can disappear from the bus driver’s sight. Students are vulnerable to motorists who run the stop arm when they cross the street, but they are also in great danger from their bus if they are caught in this Danger Zone. Statistics are kept on the number of fatalities that occur at bus stops, but no such data exists for the number of injuries, because most states do not require school districts or police to report that information. Safe Fleet is set to announce new safety technology this month at NAPT that will help


protect students in the danger zone. “Children continue to get injured or killed each year by passing motorists,“ said Tom Gill, senior vice president of Safe Fleet’s Advanced Technology Group. “We’re approaching the problem differently by using video, sensors, artificial intelligence and deep learning to analyze when a vehicle is not likely to stop, and warn students and drivers it might be unsafe to cross.” In a recent STN poll, almost 85 percent of transportation directors said illegal passing was the


greatest fear of their bus drivers. Another 25 percent said ensuring students were away from the bus and out of the Danger Zone was the biggest concern. To combat this fear, technology companies have developed 360-degree cameras that give the bus


Eugene School District in Oregon uses technology from Seon and Rosco Vision Systems to provide drivers with a 360-degree view around its newest school buses.


driver an overhead view of the bus whenever it is stopped and the loading door is open. Mike Tauscher, assistant transportation director for Norman Public Schools in Oklahoma,


purchased 24 buses with the 360-degree cameras, and another eight buses are scheduled for delivery in the spring. “We were looking to enhance the loading process and make it safer for students,” Taus- cher said. “It’s a very dangerous time and we have to keep track of all our students during


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