For many children, going back to school means riding a bus. State and federal transportation officials say that school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation. According to independent research, the safest way for children to get to and from school is on a school bus. It is safer than walking, riding a bike, and even being dropped off and picked up by a parent - 13 times safer according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
School buses were involved in less than 0.4% of all fatal traffic accidents nationwide since 1983. Yet, injuries to school age children do occur. And with many students returning to class, bus safety still remains a concern.
National School Bus Safety Week is in October and local school districts and groups are doing their part to heighten the awareness of parents, students and drivers.
Safety Tips for Riders:
Arrive at bus stop at least ten minutes before the bus.
Stay out of the street and do not play around bus stop.
Always wait for parents on the same side of street as school bus loading zone.
Students must cross at least 10 feet in front of bus so they can see the driver and be seen as well. Within 10 feet, the driver cannot see the student. This is very dangerous because the student is passing in front of the bus and into traffic where he cannot be seen by other vehicles.