Indiana school district testing new technology to prevent crashes at bus stops

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A school district in Johnson County is using new technology to prevent crashes at school bus stops. 

Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation is launching a pilot program that equips school vehicles with a predictive stop arm and right-hand danger zone protective systems. It allows the school bus driver to monitor the speed of an oncoming vehicle. If it appears the vehicle is not going to stop, a recorded announcement plays to tell the child not to step into oncoming traffic. 

The program is also being tested in four other school districts in the U.S. after three children were fatally struck at a school bus stop in Fulton County in October.

The driver in that crash, Alyssa Shepherd, faces five charges for a maximum sentence of 21.5 years. She goes to trial in October.