The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers school buses to be the safest form of transportation for daily school commutes. However, nationally, about 16 students each year are fatally injured while getting on or off a school bus. Our goal is to reduce that number through the education of all persons that are involved in the pupil transportation process.
Parents and guardians are reminded to:
Students are reminded to:
The Danger Zones of the School Bus
Each year, nationwide, numerous students are injured getting on or off the school bus. Most of those fatally injured are children, five to seven years old. Students are more likely to be injured while within the Danger Zones of the school bus. The Danger Zones extend ten feet around the perimeter of the school bus. Situations where persons are positioned in close proximity of the wheels and/or the school bus’ body is especially dangerous. That danger is magnified when the school bus is in motion.
Many students will assume that the bus driver can see them while in the Danger Zones. That assumption can be fatal. The school bus is a very large vehicle and students may not always be visible to the school bus driver when in the Danger Zones. Again, this danger is compounded when the child is small in stature, bending down or when there is poor direct visibility of the student. Other dangers include vehicles that may pass the school bus on the left side as well as the right side of the school bus.