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Utah - 24th State Approves Gardian Angel School Bus Lighting System

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Utah State Board Of Education (USBE) announced yesterday April 12, 2021, Gardian Angel, LLC’s patented Gardian Angel school bus pedestrian safety lighting system is now legal and available to purchase state-wide. Utah is now the 24th state to allow the use of this innovative technology to keep young pedestrians safer as they load and unload the school bus.

The Gardian Angel school bus lighting system is now currently available as optional equipment to school buses in the following 24 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Steve Gardner, Founder of Gardian Angel , LLC stated, “After 7 years of trying to work with the state of Utah, we are absolutely thrilled to work with Ron Litchfield, State Transportation Specialist, and his team who takes Utah’s leadership role seriously when considering both Utah and national safety standards."

The system, created by former school bus mechanic and fleet maintenance supervisor, Steve Gardner, uses white LED flood lights which are mounted at the front of the bus which shines out the side of the front of the bus to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, and to make the students more visible to motorists. The unit is aimed at the ground and automatically turns on when the red lights are activated, then turns off when the bus entrance door is closed.

Gardian Angel is an exterior lighting system that attaches to a school bus with the goal of helping combat stop-arm violations and minimizing the safety risks to student riders. It is designed to help drivers clearly see students in darkness, provide a lit path for pedestrians walking toward the bus, and enable cars in front of and behind the bus to clearly see pedestrians walking toward the school bus in darkness. The system delivers the most advanced technologies to prevent stop-arm violations and minimizes the public safety risks to students who rely on school transportation. This approved option also raises the bar for the current state standards, as well as exceeds the current federal standards. This proactive school bus safety feature is meant to reduce the rates of illegal passing incidents, as well as to help the driver see better in the dark. It decreases the unloading and loading zone injuries and/or fatalities, and aids in the prevention of school bus pedestrian crashes.

This innovation from Toledo, Ohio has made history, not just in the school bus industry, but in a National museum. The story of both the Gardian Angel company and its lighting system are showcased in a digital time capsule at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Andrew's Achievements tells the story of how the Gardian Angel school bus lighting system was created and the endeavors getting state approvals; the growth of the company and the lighting system as a solution to prevent the nationwide issue of illegal school bus passing.

Gardian Angel, LLC reminds customers to check with state requirements for specific mounting locations, since they may vary. School districts in 24 states can purchase the Gardian Angel lighting system for their bus fleet.

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Written by: Andrew Gardner, Director of Marketing, Gardian Angel, LLC.

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