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Dawn Cox
Transportation Supervisor
Email: coxd@loudoncounty.org
Phone: (865) 458-5411 ext. 1014
Fax: (865) 458-6498
 
 
 
 

BACK TO SCHOOL ON THE BIG YELLOW BUS - NTSB SAFETY STATISTICS

Did you know that there are approximately 474,000 school buses transporting some 25 million children to and from school every day in this country? 

School buses are among the safest transportation we have, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, who also reports that those riding buses are 8 times safer than ones riding with parents or peers.  Statistics show that around six children die per year as passengers on school buses; however, fatalities have more often occurred from pedestrian accidents involving motorists who illegally pass school buses, failing to see children.  When a school bus is stopped, flashing lights on the bus warn drivers to stop, in order to allow children to safely board and get off the bus.  Motorists should be vigilant when sharing the road with the big yellow buses. 

Here are some safety reminders for parents and students from The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: 

  • Parents should be sure that their children get to the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives.
  • Students should stand back several feet from the edge of the road until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • If a student drops an object near the bus, he/she should ask the driver for help.  The driver may not be able to see when a child bends over to pick something up.  The best solution is to have all their things secure in a backpack or bag.
  • Be sure clothing or backpacks have no loose drawstrings that could get caught in the bus door.
  • Understand that the danger zone is the area 10′ around the school bus.
  • Ask school officials or transportation authorities to change the location of a bus stop if it is not in a safe place.
  • Students should cross the street in view of the driver: “Cross in View – It’s the Thing to Do.” 

Those big yellow buses not only transport our kids to school every day, but also take them on field trips, to sports events, and many other extracurricular activities.  Their passengers are our future; we must obey the laws that protect the lives of our children and their caregivers – the drivers.

 

 

Twelve specific discussion topics for

parents of school bus passengers

 

  • The child should not shout while on the bus or distract the driver unnecessarily
  • While on the bus, the child needs to remain seated, forward facing at all times and keep the aisles clear
  • Parents should encourage their child to avoid horseplay while waiting on the bus
  • The child should never run to catch a missed bus
  • The child needs to arrive at the stop at least five minutes before the bus arrives
  • The child needs to keep his head and arms inside the bus at all times
  • Parents should make sure that they remove loose drawstrings or ties on their child’s jacket and sweatshirt because they can snag on bus handrails
  • When boarding or leaving the bus, parents should tell their child to always walk in a single file line and use the handrail to avoid falls
  • The child should look before stepping into the street to make sure there are no cars passing the bus
  • The child should cross the street at least 10 feet (or five giant steps) in front of the bus
  • The child needs to exit from the front of the bus
  • The child should ask the bus driver for help if anything is dropped while entering or exiting the bus