The Gardian Angel safety lighting system is now allowed for use on school buses in Utah and Montana.
The system, created by former school bus mechanic Steve Gardner, uses a white LED flood light at the front of the bus to illuminate the path for students to cross the street and to make the students more visible to motorists.
Utah and Montana are now the 24th and 25th states, respectively, to allow the lighting system as optional equipment. In September 2019, Iowa became the 23rd state to approve the lighting system.
The Gardian Angel light automatically turns on when the bus's red lights are activated and turns off when the entrance door of the bus is closed. Before mounting the systems, Gardian Angel recommends customers check their state requirements for specific mounting locations, since those may vary.