Student Transportation Honors School Bus Safety Week throughout North America
To honor Safety Week and the drivers, monitors, maintenance technicians and terminal managers who put the safety of every child first,
"The dedicated men and women of the
Each of the company's 107 locations will reinforce this year's school bus safety week theme, "Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone," with programs and events customized to their region. Plans range from local school poster, poetry and writing contests to staging a hi-tech school bus and driver in a shopping mall to educate the public on the newest safety features available.
As a national public service,
Safety Tips for Students —
- Stay away from the Danger Zones. Areas within 10 feet to the front, back and sides of a bus are the most dangerous spots.
- If you drop something near the bus, never bend down or crawl under the bus to get it — ask your driver for help.
- If you must cross the street, always do so in front of the bus. Make sure the red lights are flashing and always walk outside of the Danger Zone so the driver can see you.
- Be on time for your school bus. Never run after or next to a bus.
- Pay attention. Listen and look both ways before stepping off the bus or crossing the street. Don't let sweatshirt hoods or headphones block your vision or hearing.
Safety Tips for Parents —
- If you drop off or pick up your child at school, do not park in a bus only zone. You risk the possibility of collision in a limited space, and pose a great risk to the safety of kids walking through a danger zone area.
- Check your child's clothing and backpack to make sure there are no loose drawstrings or long straps that could get caught in a bus door.
- Make sure your child gets to the bus stop on time.
- Remind your child that if they are late for their bus: never run across the street, never run after the bus, and don't bang on the side. It's better to miss the bus than rush and risk getting hit by a car.
Safety Tips for Motorists —
- Stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus that has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
- Never pass a school bus when its stoplights are flashing.
- Be aware that every school vehicle must come to a complete stop at every railroad crossing.
- Be extra vigilant driving around school hours; assume a child might run out at any moment.
- Be courteous to school buses, give the buses room and let the bus drivers change lanes when they need to.
"Passing a school bus while loading and unloading students is illegal in all 50 states and across
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