WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pupil transportation officials called a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics “a valuable contribution to the investigative literature concerning school bus-related injuries.”
The newly formed American School Bus Council (ASBC) issued a response to the report, saying that it confirmed that school buses are the safest mode of transportation on the road.
The ASBC pointed to three statistics from the study, which covered school bus-related injuries in the United States from 2001 to 2003:
Additionally, the ASBC noted that a child in a school bus is 13 times safer than in a parent’s vehicle and 44 times safer than in a teenager’s vehicle.
The American Academy of Pediatrics study made headlines nationwide with its key finding that more than 51,000 school bus-related injuries occurred from 2001 to 2003, an average of 17,000 each year. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested that 8,500 school bus-related injuries occur each year.
Other findings of the study include: