Petition seeks funding for bus driver distraction study

Posted on December 20, 2011

A new petition urges the Obama administration to fund a proposed study to investigate school bus driver distraction. 

The study would be conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety, and it would cost approximately $900,000. The purpose of the study would be to collect naturalistic, real-time data of school bus drivers performing their normal driving tasks during bus routes.

The data would be analyzed to determine distraction sources experienced by the bus drivers and their association with the occurrence of safety-critical events (i.e., crashes, near-crashes and crash-relevant conflicts).

The research team would reportedly work closely with public and private school transportation providers to outfit numerous school buses with data-collection systems that would capture video, sound and vehicle kinematic data for further analysis.

To read more about the proposed study, click here.

To read and sign the petition, go here. The goal is to obtain 25,000 signatures by Jan. 15.

Related Topics: distracted driving

Comments ( 4 )
  • bus-robot

     | about 5 years ago

    C'mon everyone!!!! ONLY 8 signatures as of Jan. 1st! We need 24,992 more!!!! Thanks for those who have already signed it...but please we all REALLY need to jump in on this one! 14 days left...and I know it was during the holidays, but if you care about the safety of your kids (and of you mental health, and your own safe driving ***** SIGN THIS PETITION ***** to get the study going! GayLynn I LOVE YOUR SUGGESTION OF HAVING AN AID/MONITOR. The kids act differently when they know they're being watched! Happy New Year, bus-robot

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