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LEWISVILLE, N.C.—Each day, hundreds of thousands of North Carolina students ride a school bus to and from school. While the buses themselves are some of the safest vehicles on the road, getting on and off the bus can be dangerous when cars drive past stopped school buses.
Womble Carlyle client BL Solutions is helping make entering and exiting a school bus a safer experience for school children. The Lewisville-based safety manufacturer has designed an extended stop arm that spans the length of the oncoming traffic lane. The extended stop arm makes it clearer to drivers that they are to stop when the bus is stopped.
If the car actually hits the extended arm, the arm breaks off and damages the car, while falling away from the bus. Law enforcement officials say this will give them physical evidence to help them prosecute drivers who speed past stopped buses.
Recently, Guilford County Schools, the state’s third-largest school district, agreed to pilot the new stop arms on 10 buses. If the ongoing test run is a success, the program could be expanded across North Carolina. Also, a bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly calling for a study of the feasibility of using extended stop-arms to improve bus safety.
Time Warner Cable News recently covered the BL Solutions extended stop arm and the Guilford County Schools pilot program. Click here to read that article.
Womble Carlyle attorneys Ted Claypoole and Dirk Lasater are working with BL Solutions to assist them with this venture.
Ted Claypoole is a senior member of Womble Carlyle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and leads the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection Industry Team. He negotiates and prepares data management, business process outsourcing and ecommerce agreements for his clients. Claypoole routinely talks to business and legal associations across the country on data security issues and is a frequent author on the topic.
Dirk Lasater provides active, engaged representation to banks and other financial institutions in commercial and consumer finance litigation at both the state and federal levels. Lasater has experience with commercial contract disputes, commercial lending and residential lending claims. He practices in Womble Carlyle’s Charlotte office.