National School Bus Safety Week 2021

SiebenCareyOctober 18, 2021

National School Bus Safety Week 2021 is October 18-22

Students are back in school and that means more children and buses on the roads. More than 25 million children ride a school bus every day.

Did you know?
The greatest risk to a child isn't riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one. From 2009 to 2018, there were 249 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes. The majority of those students weren't on the bus; 197 or 80% were either walking, waiting for the bus, biking, or in another vehicle.

STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSES
You may need to add more time to your commute, because when buses stop to pick up students, other drivers need to stop too.

  • Yellow flashing lights mean slow down - don't speed up - because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children.

  • Red flashing lights mean stop - and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus - because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.

  • Even when lights aren't flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal times. Be alert as you back out of a driveway, or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.

TALK BUS SAFETY WITH YOUR CHILDREN
School buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school. Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Teach them to play it SAFE:

  • Stay five steps away from the curb.

  • Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver tells you to board.

  • Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.

  • Exit the bus when it stops and look left-right-left for cars before crossing a street.

Let this school year be a safe one for everyone. Stay alert, whether you're a driver, walker, bicyclist, bus rider, or parent.

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