NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee education officials are considering a proposal that would require new school buses to be equipped with alarms that require drivers to walk to the back every time they turn off the engine.
If a button on the back wall of the bus isn't pushed within one minute, an alarm would go off.
The systems are an effort to reduce the number of small or sleeping children left on buses during the heat of the day or overnight.
"It's terrible that we have to do that, but frankly (drivers) don't walk to the back of the bus every time," said Larry Riggsbee, spokesman for the Tennessee Association for Pupil Transportation and transportation supervisor for Sumner County.
The alarm would cost $75 for each bus.