Rules to know on school bus safety

Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Getting children to and from school safely each day is serious business. Every year, thousands of children are injured in school bus-related accidents.

Many of these accidents can be prevented if children know and follow these rules for bus safety:

*"Rushing" roulette. When children are late for the bus, they concentrate more on getting aboard than on safety. Too often, accidents result. Set your morning routine so that your child arrives at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due.

*Stay in the "safe zone." Bus drivers have blind spots because of bus design and many children have been injured because the bus driver simply didn't see them. Tell your children to always stay in the "safe zone"-at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

*Save the horseplay. Bus stops are not playgrounds. Goofing around while waiting for the bus, especially if the play extends into the street, can be deadly. Make sure your children understand the danger.

Read the rest of this article in the 12/12 Pilot Tribune.

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