Every day around this nation, millions of children get on big yellow buses to head to school. From busy city streets to winding country roads, in all sorts of weather, school buses are responsible to get children to school and back home safely. Unfortunately, negligent drivers who share the roads with school buses put our children in danger. For this reason, National School Bus Safety Week, October 20-24, 2014, is an opportunity to recognize and address school bus safety.

From parents to teachers to school bus operators and motorists, the third week in October is a way for everyone to join together and raise awareness about this national issue. This year’s safety-related theme, “At My Stop, You Stop,” is a way to promote safer school transportation.

Did you know that the most dangerous time for children riding buses to and from school is when they get on and off a bus? This is because many drivers fail to pay close attention to school buses, fail to see small children, or fail to stop when they should. In fact, many drivers do the following negligent things:

  • Fail to share the road with a bus
  • Fail to understand school bus laws
  • Fail to stop when school bus’ lights are flashing
  • Fail to stop when the school bus’ stop sign is extended from the bus

Drivers need to do a better job of stopping for school buses when lights are flashing, the stop sign is extended, or when children are boarding and exiting the bus. When they don’t, it may result in a serious pedestrian accident that may claim the life of a child getting on or off the bus.

Now that school is back in session for the 2014-2015 school year, there are more school buses on the roads and children boarding and exiting buses, which should be a reminder to drivers to pay close attention to school buses and the children getting on and off of them. Some of the things drivers should do to increase school bus safety and reduce child-related accidents in Florida include:

  • Be cautious and mindful when driving near school buses
  • Slow down in school zones
  • Avoid texting while driving
  • Obey road rules and know when to stop for a school bus
  • Don’t go around the bus when the stop sign is extended or the flashing lights are turned on

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