Canada-based MAGTEC Products Inc. recently introduced new speed-limiter technology specifically designed for school buses. The company, which got its start preventing Jeep theft during Operation Desert Storm, has also designed systems used to prevent vehicle and cargo theft, speeding, and more for commercial fleets that transport everything from high-value pharmaceuticals to oil and gas.
“We know the best way to keep kids safe is to keep school buses within posted speed limits, so we adapted our intelligent commercial vehicle technology in order to do that,” explained Bob Morisset, MAGTEC’s president and CEO. “Kids are really our most precious cargo, and that’s why SafeSpeed in school buses is such a logical fit.”
SafeSpeed harnesses advanced proprietary technology to automatically and proactively limit bus speeds to posted speed limits in real time.
“We knew from our work developing speed-limiting technology for the trucking industry that driver coaching only goes so far,” Morisset added. “If you really want to reduce speeding and reduce the chance of accidents and fatalities, you need to actually govern the vehicle.”
In a test pilot, SafeSpeed monitored the speeding trends of 10 school buses in a major Canadian city. A week prior to activating SafeSpeed, buses saw:
- 702 speed events 5+ mph over the speed limit
- 301 speed events 10+ mph over the speed limit
- 102 speed events 15+ mph over the speed limit
With SafeSpeed activated, those 10 buses saw:
- 90% reduction, 71 speed events 5+ mph over the speed limit
- 96% reduction, 11 speed events 10+ mph over the speed limit
- 99% reduction, 0 speed events 15+ mph over the speed limit
“The pilot showed us that more school buses than you might think are speeding. Drivers face a lot of pressure to meet schedules, but we know the only way to consistently and reliably reduce speed is by preventing acceleration over posted speed limits,” Morisset noted.
He added that statistics show every kilometre increase in speed increases a driver’s chance of accident by 2%, serious injury by 3% and fatalities by 4%.
“We all want kids to return home safely at the end of the day, so we’re encouraging families to ask their school boards to consider bus companies that have adopted SafeSpeed. For school bus contractors, SafeSpeed is a simple and affordable solution that can be offset by fuel savings, lower insurance premiums and reduced wear and tear. Saving kids’ lives is just the start.”
For more information go to: http://www.safespeed.ca