Mark B. Barron, Innovator/Founder of Public Transportation Safety Int’l, Kickstarts MDZ Shield at STN Expo, Indianapolis 6/11/19 to Prevent School Bus Danger Zone Deaths

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Cook-Illinois Corporation, the Largest Family Owned and Operated School Bus Contractor in the United States, is the First Contractor to Install the MDZ Shield Safety Technology

MDZ R (Rear Wheel) Shield Safety System to prevent right rear wheel student rollovers

The MDZ proactive barrier exterior safety control system with radar sensor option, when combined, is the most advanced level of danger zone safety technology.

During the STN Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mark B. Barron, innovator and founder of Public Transportation Safety Int’l Corp (“PTS”) will honor Cook-Illinois Corporation, the largest family owned and operated school bus contractor in the United States, for being the first contractor to install the MDZ Shield F (Front) & R (Rear) Minimized Danger Zone safety technology on new Blue Bird and IC buses. The MDZ Shield closes the school bus danger zone gap which helps prevent wheel rollover deaths and injuries. See The STN Expo trade show takes place Tuesday, June 11th from 1 PM to 6 PM in exhibit Hall A, Indianapolis Convention Center (across from the JW Marriott).

PTS, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been in the transportation safety business for twenty-six years. They are the world leader in mass transit safety for pedestrians and cyclists. PTS has successfully installed their safety systems on major fleets in North America, Sweden, World Disney theme parks, universities, and international airports.

As an established world leader in transportation safety, PTS realizes the school bus industry budget restraints make it difficult for extra equipment add-ons. PTS will donate parts and installation at no cost to qualified contractors that agree upon adding them on to their next bus order cycle. Mr. Charlie Bruce and Mr. John BeGasse of Transportation Advisory Group, and lead PTS consultants, can be reached for details on how to purchase without any add-on costs. They can be reached at (518) 424-0040.

Monica Matulich, public relations specialist for Public Transportation Safety Int’l will be available at the STN Expo Trade Show, booth 815. Meet with her to register for consideration to receive the proactive barrier exterior safety control system with radar sensor option, which when combined, is the most advanced level of danger zone safety technology.

About Cook-Illinois Corporation - Making School Bus Safety a Priority for More than Fifty Years

Cook-Illinois Corporation operates 2,300 school buses that service over 200 school districts in the Chicago area and is one of the top-six national contractors. John Benish, Jr., known as an innovator in the student transportation industry while operating his father’s namesake company for more than four decades, is a leader in school bus safety and is the President-elect of the National School Transportation Association (“NSTA”). Cook-Illinois transports over 7 million school children a year. For more information, see

About Public Transportation Safety Int’l Corp - World Leader in Mass Transit Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists since 1993

PTS has been in business for twenty-six years, producing the S-1 GARD Dangerzone Deflector for transit buses, which is a widely-deployed safety product designed to deflect a person out of the path of the wheels, preventing rollover. It is installed on bus fleets around the world and used in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Stockholm, among many others, and has been praised for mitigating fatalities and catastrophic injuries. For more information, see

About the MDZ Shield F (Front) & R (Rear) Minimized Danger Zone Safety Technology

The MDZ Shield R (Rear) is made of high-performance BASF urethane and is bolted to the bus’s auxiliary floor cross members near the right rear wheel well. The MDZ Shield R closes the two-foot gap that leaves children exposed to the right rear wheel during loading and unloading in the Danger Zone. The MDZ Shield safety system for school buses (similar to the S-1 Gard) is designed to deflect a person away from the path of the rear dual wheels, preventing rollover.

The MDZ Shield F (Front) is made of high-performance BASF urethane shield that attaches to the vehicle’s front bumper and acts as a shield to deflect a child from being run over from the right and left front wheels. For more information, see

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