NJ company tries to reduce leaving kids on bus

A bus company in New Jersey has joined a national trend to help reduce the chances of drivers leaving sleeping children on the bus.

Approximately one-third of the buses owned by Murphy Bus Service in Lakewood are equipped with Child Check alarms. The company says when a driver activates the light system needed for the stop sign, the alarm is turned on. When the ignition is turned off, the company says a chirping sound reminds drivers to shut the alarm off in the rear of the bus. If a driver forgets, an alarm goes off.

According to the company, a driver must walk to the back of the bus and pull the emergency exit latch up and down to turn the alarm off.

Even though bus drivers are told to check for sleeping children at the end of routes, drivers say this alarm system will only help remind them.

?Everybody?s human, everybody makes mistakes,? bus driver Kathy Noll said, ?People have things going on, they get preoccupied ? though that?s not good. This [alarm system] doesn?t let you get preoccupied.?

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