Elementary School Students Getting On Yellow School Bus

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

IN THE SCHOOLS

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation for school children. This includes all ages - from pre-k through high school.

Every day, about 500,000 school buses transport more than 23 million students to and from school. However, each year, nationally, about 24 school aged children are killed in school transportation-related traffic crashes. Through hands-on presentations and videos, Traffic Safety Community Educators from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education are out in the community teaching the importance of School Bus Safety.

Some of the topics include:

  • Getting to the school bus safely
  • Proper behavior on the school bus
  • Entering and exiting the school bus
  • How a school bus keeps you safe

Additional information regarding School Bus Safety including seat-belt usage is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Click here for printable FACT SHEETS.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Watch for children walking to and from the bus stop as well as standing at the bus stop
  • Yellow flashing lights on a school bus mean that a bus is preparing to stop. Do not try to pass the bus! Begin slowing and prepare to stop your vehicle.
  • Red flashing lights indicate that a bus has stopped to load or unload children. Stop your car and wait for the bus lights to stop flashing before moving your vehicle. Passing a loading or unloading school bus is reckless driving.
  • Oncoming vehicles, separated by a physical barrier in the road, do not have to stop for buses.