It’s that time again. Schools are back in session and it time to remind everyone to slow down. Be a little more aware of school buses and children walking to school.
I recently gave an in service on safety to bus drivers in our area. These men and women have a tremendous responsibility. Parents trust these individuals to safely transport their children to and from school each day. This job becomes more tedious when other motorists do not give school buses the due regard they deserve.
The NHTSA reports, about 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes each year. Of those, 8% are riding in the buses. Pedestrians, bicyclists and others outside the bus account for 21% of fatalities. By far the most fatalities, nearly three-fourths, are people in other vehicles.
Here Are A Few Tips For Drivers To Remember
- Don’t block crosswalks
- Be patient when following a school bus.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
- Never pass a bus loading or unloading children
- Allow a greater distance between you and the bus when following from behind. This provides greater reaction time when stopping.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus
- Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore
hazards and take risks
- Slow down and abide by traffic laws
- Above all, share the road
Let’s do our part in making in making this a safe school year for everyone. Remember small distractions can lead to tragedy in a matter of seconds. Stay alert and watch you surrounding when driving this school year.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.