Steve Gardner created the Gardian Angel Faculty Bus Lighting System after he discovered a 15-year-old lady was killed whereas catching the bus in Sylvania.
TOLEDO, Ohio — We noticed President Joe Biden sign his infrastructure plan into law earlier this week. It consists of some added security measures for college buses.
It is a subject of significance to east Toledoan Steve Gardner. “I labored 35 years within the trade on the college buses,” he says.
Gardner is a retired fleet mechanic, however he is nonetheless dedicated to retaining children protected whereas getting on and off the college bus. About ten years in the past he invented the Gardian Angel Faculty Bus Lighting System after he discovered a 15-year-old lady was killed while crossing the street to catch a bus in Sylvania.
“And the very first thing the woman stated was, ‘I by no means noticed her,'” remembers Steve, however he could not settle for that. So he put pen to paper and invented a easy lighting system that shines a path on the bottom in entrance of the college bus.
The lights connect to the bumper and are available on when the driving force flips on the emergency lights and cease arm. “The primary one I made – the prototype – made the hair on my arm arise,” says Steve.
The now-patented Gardian Angel is being utilized in some native districts and 25 different states.
His son Andrew helps with the advertising and marketing. The pair has even labored with the NTSB.
“It is very emotional, going by all of this. We have skilled lots of adverse folks over time and now’s our time to shine,” says Andrew Gardner.
The order types could possibly be lighting up quickly, because of a brand new requirement for districts within the recently-signed infrastructure invoice.
“Inside the legislation, they’ve to guage the Gardian Angel Lighting System, amongst different types of expertise,” Andrew Gardner provides, “Weigh these choices to see which is the best choice.”
Steve says he is not in it for the cash. The lights are lower than $200. He is simply grateful he is discovered a solution to make a distinction.
“I wish to save lives,” Steve says. “That is essential to me.”