The state of Arkansas has approved the use of the Guardian Angel Safety Lighting System. The system, created by former school bus mechanic Steve Gardner, uses a white flood light mounted on the school bus’ front bumper to illuminate the path for students to cross the street and to make the students more visible to motorists. The system lights a path 6-8 feet wide with a field of vision 18-20 feet away from the bus. The three main objectives of the light are:
- illuminate the bus driver’s view of the passengers walking from their point of safety until they board the bus
- enable motorists in front of the bus and behind the bus to clearly see the students loading or unloading
- keep the students 10 feet in front of the bus where they belong (the students receive training on the lighting system).
Gardner said that Guardian Angel was field tested at Bryant, AR, Public Schools. Arkansas is now the 15th state to approve the lighting system including North Carolina, Vermont, Michigan, Colorado and Mississippi.