AUGUSTA – A bill that would require a new safety device on all public school buses in Maine faced no opposition during a public hearing at the State House on Thursday.
The bill would require crossing arms, a device that is mounted on the front bumper.
When activated, the device extends out 8 to 10 feet in front of the bus. That would force students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus, giving the bus driver better visibility and allowing children and drivers to better see each other.
Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell, sponsored the bill. She said the idea came from a parent whose son was hit by a school bus.
McCreight said she spoke with the president of the school bus drivers association about pricing and learned that it would cost about $500 to add crossing arms to a new bus and about $1,000 to install them on an older bus.