School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses
are safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately 26 students were killed
and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often
than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils
were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you
When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps
away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember
that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
Stay away from the bus until
the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules
of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and
Walking and Biking to School
Even if you don't
ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal
supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of decisions making situations
and dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips
Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard
-- never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
Walk your bike through intersections.
Walk with a buddy.
reflective material...it makes you more visible to street traffic.
in a Car
You might have heard before that most
traffic crashes occur close to home ... they do.
Safety belts are the
best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower
your risk of injury by 45%.
You are four times more likely to be seriously
injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in
booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.