By: Dan Meade
Provided by WorldNow
National School Bus Safety Week is celebrated yearly during the third week of October, but as school begins each year, everyone - students, parents, and all motorists - should be reminded about the basics of school bus safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 1996 and 2006 (the most recent years for which statistics were available), 159 children were killed in school transportation-related crashes. In those crashes, 73% of the children were killed by school buses, or vehicles acting as school buses, while 28% were killed by other vehicles. Half of the children killed were between the ages of 5 and 7.
The NHTSA also noted that nearly half of all school-transportation related accidents happened between 7-8 AM or 3-4 PM.
To help prevent school-transportation accidents, and to ensure a safe ride to school for your children, here are some school bus safety tips - for both children and drivers:
|School Bus Safety Poster Contest |
As part of this year's National School Bus Safety Week, the National Association for Pupil Transportation will be running a School Bus Safety Poster Contest.
There will be a winner in every state in five different divisions for students aged K-8.
The theme of this year's content is "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm" and the deadline for entry is October 15th.
Click here for more information.
School Bus Safety for Students
The SAFE KIDS Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania, along with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, provides these tips for student safety:
Walking to the bus stop
Waiting for the bus
On the bus
Boarding and leaving the bus
School Bus Safety for Drivers
In preparation for the new school year, the American Automobile Association has launched its 75th annual "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign. As part of the campaign, AAA provides these tips for drivers: