There have been eight reported school bus crashes in New Jersey since mid-February. The most severe accident injured 17 children and killed an 11-year-old girl in Chesterfield.

As a result, State Senator Donald Norcross is drafting legislation that would require every school bus in New Jersey to be fitted with a strobe light in order to make the vehicle more visible.

“The lights would be fitted inside the red lights on the front and back of the buses or, in lieu of that, on the roof of the bus,” said Norcross. “Just as you see on some construction equipment, it would be a flashing strobe light that goes continuously as the bus is moving.”

“In light of some of the recent crashes, school buses may just need a little more visibility,” said Norcross. “In some of the accidents, those involved said they didn’t see the bus. What it comes down to is the safety of our children. While school buses are historically safe vehicles, there is always room for improvement. Any measure taken to reduce the possibility of an accident should be considered.”

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