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May 09, 2013  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

New edition of School Transportation-Related Crashes released

By Thomas McMahon


There was an average of 135 school transportation-related fatalities per year during the most recent 10-year span on record, new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show.

NHTSA has released a new edition of its School Transportation-Related Crashes report that covers 2002-11.

During that time period, there were 355,834 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,221 (0.34%) were classified as school transportation related.

A total of 1,351 people died in the school transportation-related crashes, which NHTSA defines as “a crash which involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.”

The vast majority (72%) of the people who were killed in the school transportation-related crashes were occupants of other vehicles. Pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-occupants accounted for 21% of the fatalities. School transportation vehicle occupants accounted for 7%.

The NHTSA report also notes that in the 2002-11 time period, 123 school-age pedestrians (younger than 19) died in school transportation-related crashes. Two-thirds (66%) were struck by school buses, 6% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses and 28% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.

To view the full report, click here.

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One injury/fatality is One too many. We must create that "safety net" by training the driver, the students, the parents and the motoring public. That yellow bus should always be the icon of safety and security for our most precious cargo.

Connie Kent- Driver/Train    |    May 22, 2013 07:55 AM

Were it allowed in my state I would be out of my seat at every bus stop where kids are crossing, secure the bus, and cross those kids myself. I asked for some years prior to retiring for that option. It is simply neglectful to allow kids to cross unescorted, and California seems to be the only state that accepts how dangerous it really is for a child to cross the road in front of a school bus. It would be helpful for SBF to present more articles concerning California’s transportation logic in this area of helping keep kids safe.

James Kraemer    |    May 14, 2013 05:14 PM

Those statistics are painful to read. 123 children DYING at the wheels of their bus. I hope that these numbers drop, because with all of the training and safety attempts, it's still upsetting. Check your mirrors and please count the kids when unloading to make sure they're out of the danger zone. ;(

Archie    |    May 09, 2013 06:06 PM

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