October 22-26 is National School Bus Safety Week.
Over half of the country’s students commute to school via a standard school bus; that’s over 25 million children. This makes the standard yellow school bus the most commonly used form of transport in the country. There’s a huge environmental benefit that comes with using such buses, which includes fewer carbon emissions and lesser cars on the road during school commuting times, which makes it a safer place for students.
However, this is not enough and school districts require that motorists, parents, and bus conductors are made aware of how critical bus safety is. That’s why institutions and school districts make an effort to raise awareness during National School Bus Safety Week, which is the third week of October.
During this week, schools and school bus management hold educational seminars and campaigns to inform the public about the major causes of school bus-related accidents that occur on the roads. Statistics show that vehicles that pass by school buses cause a great number of unloading and loading accidents.
Most of the children involved in school bus accidents are between the ages of five and seven years. Nonetheless, National School Bus Safety Week has been making a positive impact ever since it gained momentum. Now, figures show that between 2006 and 2015, the number of school bus-related motor accidents had decreased to less than 0.5 percent.
This Year’s Theme: “My Driver- My Safety Hero”
Each year, the National School Transportation Association dedicates a theme towards the week’s campaigns and educational efforts. This year, the theme was derived from last year’s poster competition concept, ‘My Driver – My Safety Hero’. The association carefully selected this year’s theme by carefully considering the responsibilities of the people involved.
Of everyone involved bus drivers and conductors are the people entrusted with the safety of children, which makes it crucial that they are the center of this week’s campaigns. The awareness efforts include appreciating drivers and conductors for their efforts and helping them improve their safety skills so they can do a better job at keeping the country’s children safe.
Safety Inside the Bus
The key to implementing better safety is to ensure that students behave while on the bus. A lack of discipline on the bus is a leading cause of distractions and accidents on the road, and conductors, as well as the heads of school districts, are looking for a way to improve the situation. Last year’s efforts proved to be successful when a study showed that students who were offered filtered Wi-Fi on the school bus were less likely to be loud and undisciplined.
Addressing Future Bus Safety Problems
Despite the low percentage of school bus-related motor accidents, districts are looking to bring that number down to zero, which would be a motivational factor that drives more attendance on buses. When motorists on the road and other people involved, including the students, play their part to increase school bus safety, the community can set an example for other issues to be tackled in a similar fashion. Parents, teachers, and bus conductors all hope that this week helps in bringing a positive change.