Parents Of Bus Riders

This page contains information for you to remember which can help us as we create a safe environment at all times for your student as they ride the school bus.

THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
   • School Buses are the safest form of transportation.

   • The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on or off the bus.

   • Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.

   • The loading and unloading area is call the “Danger Zone”.

   • The “Danger Zones” are the areas on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot, and the area behind the bus).

   • Half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old.

   • Young children are most likely to be struck because they:

   • Hurry to get on and off the bus.

   • Act before they think and have little experience with traffic

   • Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street

   • Don’t always stay within the bus driver’s sight


MAKING DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME SAFE FOR KIDS

As autumn turns toward winter, we know the days are growing shorter. When we change our clocks from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time in the Fall, it will be dark even earlier. But what we may not realize is that this also means that more children will be traveling to and from school in the dark, which puts them at greater risks of injuries from traffic crashes. Over half of all fatal pedestrian crashes and over one fourth of fatal bicycle crashes involving school age children (ages 5 through 18) occur in low light or dark conditions.

There are many things you can do to help your kids or the kids in your neighborhood get to school each morning and reach home safely at the end of the day. First, you can help them learn and practice this important safety rule: Be Seen to be Safe. Let kids know that during the day, at dawn and dusk, they should wear bright or fluorescent clothing. These colors (day-glo green, hot pink, or construction worker orange) amplify light and help the wearer stand out in a crowd. However; at night, these colors appear to be black, so kids should carry a flashlight and/or wear retro-reflective gear that reflects light back to its source so motorists can see them. A motorist will quickly detect a child walking with a lit flashlight, or riding a bike with an attached headlight and flashing taillight. And when combined with retro-reflective gear or strips or retro-active tape on their jacket, shoes, cap, helmet, or backpack, a child’s odds of being seen are even more improved. The sooner motorists are alerted to something, like a child moving up ahead, the sooner they can react.

Second, you can help kids remember to “stop, look left right then left, and listen before stepping off the curb, even where there is a traffic signal. Accompany your children when they walk to and from school as often as possible.

Third, you can remind kids to avoid “jaywalking” and crowing from between parked vehicles. Crosswalks are safer and more visible, especially after dark.

Motorists can also help by paying special attention to safe driving rules in low-light conditions. First, and most important, you must be alert if you are on the road after dark. Watch carefully for children who may be walking or riding their bikes. Always drive at a safe speed, especially on unlit or winging roads or when using low beams. Never pas a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights flashing.

To help increase your ability to see at night, be sure to take off your sunglasses at dusk. Wipe off your headlights regularly, and keep your windshield clean, both inside and out. Adjust the rearview mirror to the “night “setting to avoid headlight glare. If you need to use your high beams on an unlit road, be sure to turn them off when another car approaches.