Safety

Industry urges motorists to stop for school buses

Posted on October 16, 2009
This year’s National School Bus Safety Week, which kicks off on Monday, stresses the message “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.”
This year’s National School Bus Safety Week, which kicks off on Monday, stresses the message “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.”

With National School Bus Safety Week kicking off on Monday, pupil transportation groups are promoting the successes of the industry and emphasizing a crucial safety message for motorists.

The theme of the week this year is “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm” — a call for motorists to keep students safe by stopping for school buses that are loading or unloading children.

The American School Bus Council (ASBC) stressed the need to educate parents about just how safe school buses are. A recent ASBC survey found that 49 percent of parents incorrectly believe that a car driven by an adult is the safest way to get students to and from school.

"Parents deserve to be informed that the yellow school bus has been found by the National Academy of Sciences and U.S. Department of Transportation to be the safest way to transport students," said William Tousley, president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation and an ASBC member. "And to further this safety record, we also need to remind drivers to obey the stop arm, which plays a critical role in protecting our students."

ASBC provides National School Bus Safety Week materials, including a safety quiz, coloring pages and a press release template, on its Website.

In New York, the state Senate for the fourth year in a row adopted a resolution designating School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, which will be next Friday. “A school bus driver’s job duties are as extensive as they are difficult,” said Sen. William Larkin, a sponsor of the resolution. “Safely transporting students to and from school each day and safeguarding other people’s children are tremendous responsibilities that deserve the utmost recognition.”

Maureen Moore, a New York school bus driver who has worked on getting the resolution passed, said she and her fellow drivers “feel so honored to have senators who appreciate the difficult job we perform every day.”

National Express Corp., the parent company of Durham School Services and Stock Transportation, issued a School Bus Safety Week press release iterating the “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm” theme and detailing steps for motorists to take:

• Always stop when you see flashing red lights or the stop arm extended on a school bus.
• Watch for children walking or crossing the street near a stopped school bus.
• Slow down when driving on neighborhood streets, near school bus stops and in school zones.

The company said that it also issued customized “School Bus Safety Week 2009” pins to its employees to acknowledge their commitment to safety, and special safety messages will be announced over the company radio system each day of the week.

 

Related Topics: Arizona

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
News

Mother Gets Probation for Assaulting School Bus Driver

Kiesha Shannon of Ohio pleads guilty to attacking her daughter’s bus driver and is sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says he had limited sentencing options, which is why he didn’t give her jail time.

Product

Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.

Product

2-Camera System

The DS2 is a two-camera vehicle event recording system that combines high-definition video recording, fleet telematics, and vehicle operating data on one screen for better incident review and driver coaching.

As Maryland’s new state director of pupil transportation, Gabriel Rose (seen here) replaces Leon Langley, who stepped down from the position in July.
News

New State Director Named in Maryland

Gabriel Rose, who previously served as a security specialist for Talbot County (Md.) Public Schools, replaces Leon Langley as state director.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!