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Be at the stop on time, stay in line, don't push, don't go into the street, no throwing things, keep your body inside the windows. Good morning, sit down while you are on the bus, have a nice day. Rules for the road, these are safety-oriented rules and should not be ignored.
Protecting "Our Most Precious Cargo"
Despite the fact that in the last 2 years more than 456,550 school buses manufactured since April, 1977 have been recalled and retrofitted, several children have been killed or severely injured when their clothing (most often those fancy 'toggle bolts' on the end of hood drawstrings) got caught in the handrail of the bus. Please remove anything large on the end of all drawstrings on your child's clothing. Review the safety rules, go over them with your child to reinforce what the school and driver teach them about bus safety. Reminding them from time to time that they should always observe the safety rules helps too. Remember, they are children, not miniature adults.
Every year approximately 400,000 public school buses travel about 4.2 billion miles to transport 23.7 million children to and from school and school-related activities. According to the NTSB (United States National Transportation Safety Board), Report Number - HAR-94-04 a school bus is 17 times safer than the average family car, school buses are the safest form of ground transportation in the U.S. with a fatality rate of 0.01 per 100,000,000 passenger miles. The government has very strict guidelines for the construction of a school bus, these guidelines are very detailed, for example, the EXACT number of rivets, (which hold the bus body together) required for each inch of metal. These guidelines are in place to insure that the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. Although this is true, school bus drivers and the students that ride in them must be aware of the dangers and be properly trained for this to be effective.
The NHSTA (United States National Highway Safety Traffic Administration) statistics state that, out of the almost 24 million students in the United States who ride a school bus every day, an average of 41 school-age children are killed in a school bus related accident each year. A school bus related accident is defined as an accident that occurs while the bus is in motion or while loading or unloading students. Forty-one out of almost twenty-four million sounds like a pretty good safety record, but it is not good enough. The statistics for 1996 are not completed yet, but the number of deaths/injuries to school-age children increased in 1996.One child killed or injured is one too many. Therefore more training for students and drivers, and educating the public on the importance of stopping when those red lights are flashing is vital.
Rules for the road, safety rules
Shantz Coach Lines Ltd. of Ontario, Canada presents these ten safety tips that could save your child's life
The STN homepage links you to more than 300 different areas of interest, all dedicated to, or involving school buses. Lots of information here
This is the National PTA website, it includes a video titled "Be Cool. Follow The Rules" all about school bus safety.
Documentation on why the Department of Transportation (DOT) ruled that school bus safety is not a priority on the highway safety programs list.
Why large school buses do not use seat belts when transporting children. Detailed explanation of "compartmentalization", how effective this protection is in comparison to seat belts.