Each school year is an exciting time for children to make new friends, learn new things, and for some, ride the school bus. Every day approximately 20 million students use school buses as transportation to and from school.
Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors both students and drivers should be aware of. With the new school year now underway and hoping to ensure that it remains safe and happy, Sheriff Mike Tregre encourages caution whenever school buses are present.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over the past 11 years, an average of 35 school-age children died in school bus-related accidents each year.
"Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day," said Sheriff Tregre.
"It is crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school." Sheriff Tregre also suggests that parents drive their child's bus route with them and practice the proper safety precautions.
Throughout a child's life, there are a number of situations where parents will be unable to exercise control. However, there are numerous precautions they can take to help ensure their child enjoys a safe ride to and from school. Sheriff Tregre has some safety measures he encourages all parents to discuss with their children.
Sheriff Tregre concluded, "Let's make this school year especially safe. Practice these school bus safety measures for your protection and safety, and make this school year as enjoyable as possible."
Date: October 30, 2012