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Though the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road — students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely compared with travelling by car — almost one-third of the students who died in school-transportation-related incidents from 2006 to 2015 were killed approaching or leaving the bus, according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.

Last October, three siblings were boarding a school bus when they were struck and killed by a motorist. In 2018, school bus drivers across the nation observed about 84,000 stop-arm violations — when a driver illegally zips past a stopped school bus that has its lights flashing.

Now a group of 19 sixth-graders has created a device to help drivers see exactly when and where a bus will stop. Students at Holly Grove Middle School in Holly Springs, North Carolina, have designed the “Smart School Bus Stop Sign,” which uses technology to activate flashing lights and alert drivers before the bus arrives.


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