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Free training set offered after spike in danger zone deaths


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Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year.

Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year.

MACEDONIA, Ohio — Responding to a drastic increase in child fatalities around school buses last school year, four organizations have teamed up to offer a free danger zone training program.

The Public School Risk Institute, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), the School Bus Safety Co. and 247Security Inc. launched a cooperative endeavor to provide the comprehensive program at no charge to school districts nationwide.

“As members of an industry committed to safety excellence, we are devastated by this sudden increase in deaths,” said Jeff Cassell, vice president of school district operations for the School Bus Safety Co. “This situation demands our immediate attention.”

Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey.

The total was a big increase from the previous school year, in which there were five fatalities — the lowest total on record.

The Danger Zones program, one of many titles in the School Bus Safety Co.’s Driver Training Course, features a 20-minute DVD, a trainer’s guide and a driver handout. It covers all aspects of how drivers should behave to prevent danger zone accidents.

“If you take for granted safety in and around the areas immediately outside the bus, you are asking for trouble,” NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin said. “It’s called the ‘danger zone’ for a reason.”

Noting the spike in fatalities last year as evidence, Martin added, “We must redouble our efforts to ensure school bus drivers are well trained and on guard, which will save lives. Every school district in America should take advantage of the unique opportunity to obtain a copy of this training program — and then use it.”

Cassell said Tuesday morning that about 350 requests had already come in for the program.

To get a free copy, go to www.schoolbussafetyco.com. For more information, contact Janet Greer at [email protected].

 


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End up at the School Bus Safety Company website. Just follow through with the selection order check out. It seemed to work for me this time.

Dan Luttrell    |    Apr 23, 2010 04:29 AM

I am in agreement with many others - this information should be sent out easily. I have had issues just ordering the info and still am not sure I actually was able to get my order through. State agencies should send this information out automatically to the school system Superintendents to disperse the information to the proper folks. I would also appreciate a more in depth report published in the school bus industry publications explaining exactly why there has been such a sharp increase in fatalities. I can speak for many when I say - there has been a tremendous amount of hard work over the years to have NO fatalities. It is too early to place blame. I would venture a guess - the fatalities are related to distractions. Be the distractions new technical devices, cell phones, video games, texting on cell phones, or the basic distractions, this is usually what happens. Please report back on this issue.

Dan Luttrell    |    Mar 28, 2010 01:20 PM

Hello, I would like information concerning how I can receive a copy of the training program, concerning the Danger Zone. Although there are several areas stating the program is offered free of charge, the only links appear to be if it is purchased. thanks bruce uher baumann & sons buses inc charter mgr

bruce uher    |    Mar 26, 2010 08:19 AM

Perhaps NAPT should make this information available directly instead of having folks go through a private vendor. It is safe to say if one signs up to receive this "free" information, they will also be subject to increased marketing and junk mail. If information was provided directly from NAPT, it is doubtful the same would be true. If this is really about providing information to improve safety, then let it come from the nonprofit organization.

John Q. Busdriver    |    Mar 25, 2010 06:51 AM

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