New Driver's Warning System: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
April 14th, 2009 7:31 AM Share
A system that warns drivers of children about to cross the road is being evaluated in Aberdeenshire.
Called the Amparo See Me, the system uses a tag that is attached to a child’s school bag to trigger warning lights on bus stops or at crossings.
This then warns drivers that children are in the vicinity, and studies have shown that the speed of passing vehicles reduces by an average of 8mph.
The system is already used in Sweden.
Recent UK Department for Transport figures show that in 2005, 28,126 children aged 0-15 were injured in road accidents. Of these, 331 were seriously injured and 141 were killed.
Published April 14th, 2009 7:30 AM
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I see this as one of those “safety” technologies that does nothing but decrease caution and attentiveness. Completely agree. Schools and parents need to educate children how to safely cross streets. It's a safety skill that needs to be taught. Not all street crossings have crosswalks and lights.
@cardeveloper, +2 When will these tree-hugging, liberal voting, SUV-driving, anti-offshore-drilling, save the snail darting polar bears parents actually think about the environment and their kid's health and let them walk more than the length of the driveway?