North Carolina students invent school bus stop sign, win $50,000 prize

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HOLLY SPRINGS, NC (WNCN) — Students at Holly Grove Middle School hope their plan to improve safety at school bus stops will help them win a national contest and even save lives.

The group was chosen to be one of 10 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for their bus stop sign that flashes when a bus approaches, hoping to alert drivers and students waiting at a stop that the bus is near.

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“We also interviewed some bus drivers, and everybody has pretty much said that there have been a lot of stop-arm violations,” said sixth-grader Deija Reed. “My friend almost got hit by a car crossing the road.”

Data from a March 2018 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction report shows nearly 3,000 incidents in one year of cars passing school buses when they should have stopped to allow kids to get on or off the bus.

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