Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Bus halo

Identify the no drive zone
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In the U.S., vehicles on an undivided highway are supposed to stop 50' from where children are being let on or off a school bus.

While I can't say this rule is often broken, I do see it often bent - so that cars pull up immediately behind or along side a bus. This makes it difficult for other drivers to see children who may be crossing the street, which is the point of the law to begin with.

The idea is for a beam or beams of light, minimally crossing the street at the front and the rear of the bus but optimally creating a large circle around the bus. The beam(s) would indicate the area where cars are prohibited while the bus is loading or unloading. If desired, cameras could be used to photograph the license plates of interlopers.

phoenix, Dec 24 2007

School Bus Rules http://www.theschoo...ndivided/simple.htm
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       The rules are slightly different in NYC, for practical reasons. But it still sounds like a good idea.
DrCurry, Dec 24 2007
  

       Have smoke machines mounted under the bus. When the bus stops, start the smoke machines up and make it illegal for cars to drive through the thick cloud of smoke surrounding the bus.
hippo, Dec 24 2007
  

       //In the U.S., vehicles on an undivided highway are supposed to stop 50' from where children are being let on or off a school bus. //
Why?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Dec 24 2007
  

       //To prevent the little buggers being run over, I would hazard//
But the bus doors are on the pavement (sidewalk?) side, shirley?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Dec 24 2007
  

       [AbsintheWithoutLeave] Yes, but bus stops are haphazardly placed and sometimes children need to cross the street without a crosswalk or crossing guard.   

       There are even gates on the front of school buses to force children crossing in front to move far enough away so the driver can see them.
phoenix, Dec 24 2007
  

       // prevent the little buggers being run over //   

       It's like pheasants, and deer, and salmon and stuff ... you ain't alowed to hunt 'em until they be growed.
8th of 7, Dec 24 2007
  

       Bus-a-Pult... instead of exit doors, just launch (former) passengers clear of the street. Mounted on a swivel so you can launch them to the *other* side of the street, too.   

       good idea, though, and sounds useful.
FlyingToaster, Dec 25 2007
  

       // bus stops are haphazardly placed and sometimes children need to cross the street//
And?
There's something wrong with their eyesight?
They need artificial means to allow them to cross the road?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Dec 25 2007
  
      
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