My neighborhood’s Facebook page constantly has parents complaining about people driving too fast or ignoring the traffic signs on buses or at bus stops. While it may not hit close to home to most people, once you observe it happen to one of your own kids, your emotional invest immediately increases (of course). Therefore, I wanted to post this information on CarefulParents to arm parents with additional ammunition when letting people know that the traffic signs on buses and at bus stops should not be ignored. Especially as the seasons change and it may be dark when kids are getting on and off the bus.
Although this information is from 2009, it still is very relevant.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
“A school transportation-related crash is a crash which involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. Since 2000 there were 371,104 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,245 (0.34%) were classified as school transportation-related. Since 2000, 1,386 people have died in school transportation-related crashes— an average of 139 fatalities per year. Occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 8 percent of the fatalities, and nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) accounted for 20 percent of the fatalities. Most of the people who lost their lives in these crashes (72%) were occupants of other vehicles involved. Since 2000, 130 school-age pedestrians (younger than 19) have died in school transportation-related crashes. Over two-thirds (67%) were struck by school buses, 6 percent by vehicles functioning as school buses, and 27 percent by other vehicles involved in the crashes. There were 56 (43%) school-age pedestrians killed in school transportation-related crashes between the ages of 5 and 7.”
The link to the full document is below and even gives times of day when most accidents/injuries occur.