NTSB Safety Statistics
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.