"Gardian Angel" school bus safety light coming to Ohio

Steve Gardner remembers hearing the news of 15-year-old Morgan Duris being hit and killed on Erie Road in Sylvania in 2010 while boarding her school bus.

That's when he got the idea for the Gardian Angel school bus lighting system to prevent future tragedies.

"First thing the driver that hit her said is 'I never saw her,'" said Gardner.

The Gardian LED light on a school bus lights a pathway across the street after the driver stops and waits for the children to board.

"You can see them, they can see you, they can see the oncoming traffic, the traffic sees them. [It's] much safer," said Swanton bus driver Tammy Spivey.

Swanton bus driver Tammy Spivey has driven for 40 years. She tested the product last year.

"When you're out there and it's dark and you pull up to your stop and you open that door, all of a sudden that invisible child is visible because he's got a light shining on him," said Spivey.

17 states use the system, including school districts in Michigan like Bedford. Gardner says he's worked for a long time to bring the product to Ohio schools.

"Ohio has been the absolute most difficult state to get it approved in. We've been down to Columbus eight times," said Gardner.

Wednesday the Ohio school board construction standards committee finally approved the product for use.

Two weeks after Gardner fills out some paperwork, school districts in Ohio can buy a single light mounted underneath the bus for $159.

Gardner says not all school districts need this product, such as TPS where most bus routes are in areas with street lights. But on routes not well-lit, the light could save a life.

"It's my highest hope we can get a lighting system on the bus route Morgan Duris used to ride," said Gardner.



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