The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a Back to School Safety Advisory. They’re encouraging everyone to be responsible for getting children to and from school safely. It isn’t just the parents’ job, or the bus drivers’ responsibility. It’s the entire community’s responsibility. This means drivers in California and across the country need to be on the lookout for child pedestrians and cyclists heading back to school.
School Transportation Crash Facts
- From 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes.
- Of those deaths, 54 involved occupants of school transportation vehicles.
- 147 of those children were in other types of vehicles
- 116 of those children were pedestrians
- 9 of those children were on bicycles.
Everyone is Responsible for Back to School Safety
Since everyone is responsible for back to school safety, the NHTSA has a wide variety of tips for parents, drivers, pedestrians and other roadway users. Motorists are encouraged to exercise additional caution when driving around children who are going to and from school. Remain vigilant in school zones, follow all posted signs and signals and never drive distracted.
Talk to Kids About The “Danger Zone”
Although school buses are designed to be the safest mode of transportation for children, they’re not totally without risk. Talk to your kids about the school bus “danger zone.” This is the 10-foot bubble around the bus where they are most likely to get hurt. Not only can a bus driver not see a child who is too close to the bus, this is also the area where children might get struck by other motorists. Listed below are the NHTSA’s school bus safety tips.
School Bus Safety Tips
- Stay three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb when waiting for the bus.
- Wait until the driver says it’s okay to board.
- Quickly board, find a seat and sit facing the front, and follow the bus driver’s and safety patrols’ instructions.
- When getting off of the bus, cross in front at least five giant steps (10 feet) away and look left-right-left for traffic.
- Wait for the driver to signal it is safe to cross.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy school year.