School Bus Safety For Missouri’s Children

school busIt is that time of year when children return to school. With the excitement and distractions associated with school, both students and drivers must pay extra care to ensure that a tragedy does not occur.

In the past two years, Missouri had the following school bus-related incidents:

In 2003, a 9-year-old student was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a young driver, who ignored the bus’ flashing lights and stop arm. Also the same year, a six-year-old student got off the bus, walked across the street and was struck while returning back across the street to the side he was originally on.

In 2004, a 15-year-old teenager was standing in the aisle of a moving school bus. This activity distracted the driver, causing the bus to strike another vehicle. The teenager was thrown towards the front of the bus and died due to events surrounding the accident. Also the same year, a 5-year-old student dropped an item next to the bus and bent to pick it up. The driver was not aware that the child had not moved away from the bus, and subsequently, the bus ran over the child.

These are some simple steps to take that can keep Missouri’s children safe:

Students boarding buses should:

When a student crosses the street to get on or off the bus, they should:

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