New Jersey recently recognized the passage of a new law that will require all newly manufactured school buses in the state to be equipped with front and rear motion sensors. This new law is known as Abigail’s Law.
In 2003, two-year-old Abigail Kuberiet was standing in front of a school bus as her sister was getting on the bus. She was so tiny that the bus arm literally went over her head. The bus accelerated and Abigail lost her life. The bus driver did not know she was there.
According to the National Coalition for School Bus Safety, children are more likely to be killed as pedestrians outside a school bus and most often by their own school bus. The coalition also reported that the majority of these accidents involve very young children. Over the past 12 years, several attempts were made to pass a similar bill but the appropriate technology did not become available until recently. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law earlier this year.
Putting sensors on buses simply is an additional step that can alert the bus driver that there is someone in front or behind the bus and can help reduce the likelihood of an accident and keep children safe.