A recent announcement that a Winnipeg-based bus manufacturer was buying a pedestrian warning system that basically shouts at people had at least one transit union claiming they thought it was a joke.

“When we read the story … we thought it was an article from the Onion,” said Larry Hanley, the international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, in a press release. “It’s basically a speaker broadcasting a loud message to pedestrians saying ‘Run like hell, the bus driver can’t see you,” he said of Protran Technology’s Safe Turn Alert system.

The union knows the importance of the issue. Roughly one pedestrian a week is killed by a transit bus in North America, according to its statistics. The union doesn’t have separate numbers for Canada yet.

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