New safety system aims to cut road deathsSchoolbag tags 'slow down' passing cars
14 April 2009
A new road safety system that warns drivers when children approach bus stops or pedestrian crossings is being trialled in Scotland.
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The system, dubbed ‘SeeMe’ by its developer Amparo Solutions, links solar-powered warning lights with special radio tags that can be attached to children’s schoolbags. When children get near the road, the lights are triggered and drivers are warned to slow down.
SeeMe is already in use across Sweden, where weather and lighting conditions are similar to those in parts of the UK. Tests by the Swedish National Road Administration show that when the system is installed in 30mph zones, drivers reduce their speed by an average of 4.5mph.
Amparo Solutions COO Leon Nilsson said: ‘Our experience is that the most dangerous situation is when the child is walking to or from the school or school bus, either on their way to the bus stop, crossing the road, or in connection with getting on or off the bus. In each case the SeeMe equipment can make a significant difference, in winter or summer, night or day.’
The warning system’s first UK trials are already taking place in Aberdeenshire, where two children were killed last year after stepping from school buses. Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson is said to be pushing for the introduction of SeeMe as soon as possible.
'The families who have lost children as a result of road accidents have faced unimaginable tragedy,' Stevenson said. 'We don't currently have powers over road safety legislation, but I am determined that we make full use of our devolved responsibilities to ensure action is taken in Scotland.'
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