Safe Fleet to Demonstrate School Bus Safety Technology in Laurel, Mississippi on Anniversary of Fatal Accident
Jones County School District deploys patents-pending Predictive Stop Arm™ technology to help prevent fatal school bus related injuries
- First-to-market Smart Safety Solutions™ from Safe Fleet aims to proactively keep students out of harm’s way through the use of radar technology and predictive analytics
- Jones County School District will be the first district in the State of Mississippi to implement Safe Fleet’s PSA technology
- Live demonstration of the PSA will take place on December 10, 2019 at 10:00 am in Laurel, Mississippi
LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI – (December 5, 2019) – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, will be hosting a live demonstration of the patents-pending Predictive Stop Arm™ (PSA) technology on December 10, 2019 at 10:00 am. The date marks the tenth anniversary of a fatal school bus accident involving five-year-old Nathan Key. On the anniversary of Nathan’s death, his mother, Lori McJohnson, will be attending the demonstration in support of additional school bus safety and preventative measures.
Since the accident in 2009, Lori Key McJohnson has helped push through Nathan’s Law which was passed in 2011. The law resulted in increased fines and penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Safe Fleet has since developed Advanced Technology for the Danger Zone to address school bus safety. The Danger Zone is the area extending 15 feet to the front, rear and sides of the bus that poses the highest risk to children of being hit by passing vehicles or their own bus.
The PSA is a first-to-market, patents-pending solution using radar technology and predictive analytics, to monitor oncoming vehicle traffic for probable stop arm violations. The technology helps to further increase safety in the Danger Zone by aiming to notify the bus driver and the students that it may not be safe to cross the street – before an accident occurs.
Mike Schulte, President of Safe Fleet states, “The devastating event that impacted the Key family ten years ago should never happen. Yet unfortunately the illegal passing of stopped school buses, which creates incidents such as this, are still occurring every day. Our PSA solution aims to save lives and pave the way towards a future of zero fatalities in school transportation-related injuries.”
Passing vehicles cause an estimated two-thirds of school bus loading and unloading fatalities. Jones County School District is the first in the state of Mississippi to implement Safe Fleet’s PSA technology to prevent fatal accidents.
“No family should ever experience the loss of a child. We are hoping with the implementation of PSA, we will eliminate the possibility for accidents, such as Nathan’s, to ever occur in the district again,” states Tommy Parker, Jones County School District Superintendent
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