For twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, 4 to 7 years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. And the dangers aren't just in the morning going to school. In fact, NHTSA points out that more school-age pedestrians have been killed between 3PM - 4PM than any other time of day.
As a driver, it is crucial for the community to be extra cautious during the school pick-up and drop-off hours, and to treat school buses as something best seen from a distance, rather than up close.
Here are some rules to make sharing the road with buses safe for everyone:
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