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First Student bus company adds alarms to help prevent students from being left on buses

December 30, 2010


— A new device could mean the end of sleeping students being left on school buses.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that a growing number of districts are adding alarms that sound if drivers fail to walk to the back of their buses to deactivate them after finishing their routes.

Transportation provider First Student has installed the devices on all its school buses. The company transports students for several area school districts, including the Lawrence school district, as well as Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe.

Raytown school district's transportation director, Dennis Robertson, says the alarms are another example of how school districts have tried to make their buses safer.


kusp8 7 years, 4 months ago

Seems fairly reasonable and probably a fairly cheap piece of plastic wired into the transmission. Heck, it probably even pays for itself the first time a driver forgets to do the walk, finds a kid and saves the company a lawsuit.

It's refreshing to see this kind of common sense nowadays.

overthemoon 7 years, 4 months ago

On the other hand, how can a person trusted to drive kids around not be able to remember to check the bus?

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