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PTS Participiates in Busworld 2015 in Belgium

October 2015

PTS participated in the Busworld 2015 show in Kortrijk, Belgium, where it formally unveiled its new S-1 GARD Dangerzone Barrier. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, according to PTS Operations Director Krista Barry, who represented the company at the expo. Busworld, the world's longest-running and most renown bus and coach exhibition, has been held every two years since 1971.

Additionally, Busworld featured an article on the "impressive" S-1 GARD in their daily publication distributed during the show, the Busworld Daily Times. Click on the thumbnail at left to view larger.

School bus drags little girl - CNN Video

Video of School Bus Dragging Young Girl Highlights Urgent Need for Danger Zone Safety

May 2015

Surveillance footage provided to CNN shows a Kentucky school bus dragging a small child at least 100 feet. According to Louisville Metro Police, her backpack got stuck in the door, with neighbors describing the distance as as being at least a football field. It wasn't until a passing motorist alerted the driver that the bus was stopped. Fortunately, the girl suffered "road rash" and is expected to recover from her injuries. According to one witness, "I just couldn't believe he drug her from the corner down to here without knowing. I couldn't believe it -- bouncing all the way down the street. It was bad."

This highlights the need for rear wheel protection. With a physical barrier such as the MDZ Shield installed in front of the rear wheels, the risk of rear wheel rollover would be substantially mitigated, if not altogether eliminated.

Mississippi School District Installs MDZ Shield

May 2015

The Hattiesburg (Mississippi) Public School District has begun installing the MDZ Shield on school buses, as part of a pilot program. According to Audrea Barnes, Director of Transportation at the Hattiesburg School District, "In the event that a child falls or slips underneath the passenger door side, this shield will deflect that child and stop them from being run over by the bus tires." The MDZ Shield is a solution to eliminate the danger zone gap surrounding the right dual wheels of the school bus.

First Installation of MDZ Shield in New Washington, Ohio

October 2015

Buckeye Central Schools in New Washington, Ohio, recently became the first school district in the nation to pilot a product that has until now been mostly used on city transit buses. The MDZ Shield hit the market this past summer (2015).

Danger Zone Abatement Product a Competitive Opportunity for OEMs

March 2015

According to Buses Magazine, Public Transportation Safety International Corp. is pushing school bus manufacturers to fit the MDZ Shield in order to reduce the risk of children being crushed by the rear wheels of their vehicles.

CEO Mark B. Barron says 55 American children have been killed and many more injured over that past decade in accidents in the school bus danger zone.

To reduce the gap around the dual rear wheels, PTS has developed a one-piece polyurethane shield in partnership with Pacific Metal Fab. To counter resistance from school bus manufacturers reluctant to increase costs in a highly price competitive market, PTS says it would bear all tooling costs.

MDZ Shield featured in Times Square, 2015

Device Designed to Eliminate School Bus Rear Wheel Danger Zone Gap; Lifesaving Body Modification Now Available

January 2015

Public Transportation Safety International Corp. is introducing a new solution is designed to eliminate the danger zone gap that surrounds the dual rear wheels of a school bus.

The Minimize Danger Zone Shield (MDZ Shield) is a one-piece BASF polyurethane guard that acts as a safeguard in front of the dual rear wheels, and is easily and quickly mounted to the side panel of the bus. This lessens both material and labor costs, while making it easily visible for inspection.

“The majority of school buses have a rocker panel sitting approximately two feet from the ground, so the S-1 GARD used for transit buses would be cost-prohibitive due to the heavy mounting brackets, yet the risk of exposure on a school bus is worse because of its height. I was consumed with guilt for not figuring this out earlier,” said Mark Barron, founder of PTS and inventor of the device. “This is finally a solution where lives can be saved at minimal cost.”

Read more in School Bus Fleet.

Big Jump in Danger Zone Fatalities

March 2010

From School Bus Fleet: 17 children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. The total is a large increase from the previous school year, in which there were five fatalities — the lowest total on record. Of the 17 children killed in 2008-09, 10 were struck by their own bus (seven at the back, three at the front). The other seven were killed by a passing vehicle. Nine of the children (just over half) were above age 10, with the oldest two being 16. The other eight were under age 10, with the youngest being 2. Twelve of the victims were male; five were female.

The loading/unloading report, compiled by the Kansas State Department of Education’s School Bus Safety Education Unit, is a collection of fatality accident records provided by state agencies. Onboard fatalities are not included. The statistics have been collected since the 1970-71 school year. During that year, there were 75 danger zone fatalities, which is the highest total on record. The report is described as an effort to alert individuals and organizations of the dangers involved in loading and unloading schoolchildren.

“Fatalities continue to occur at the bus stop, caused by a variety of circumstances and errors on the part of the school bus driver or passing motorist,” the report says. “It points out the continuing need for forceful, advanced instruction to school bus drivers and students, as well as the need to increase our efforts to thoroughly inform the driving public about the requirements of the school bus stop law.”

To view the full 2008-09 report, click here. An archive of the reports from past years is available here.



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