Recent Bus Stop Accidents Raise Safety Concerns
If you have a school-aged child, you’ve probably thought about all the things that could go wrong on the school bus. From distracted driving to a lack of seatbelts, there are plenty of scenarios to fuel a parent’s anxiety.
In reality, buses are one of the safest ways for kids to get to school. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are about 70 times safer than a car. Additionally, school bus accidents account for less than 1% of all traffic fatalities. The idea of sending your child off in a bus driven by a stranger might seem counterintuitive, but they’re more likely to safely arrive at school.
But what about at the bus stop?
Thanks to safe locations, attentive parents, and responsible drivers, bus stop accidents are relatively uncommon. However, a slew of accidents in the past few weeks have left 5 children dead and left parents and guardians concerned about the safety of their local bus stops.
Bus Stop Accidents Across the United States
The first accident occurred in Indiana as four children were waiting at their bus stop. When the bus pulled up, it stopped and extended its side arm, a motion that requires other drivers on the road to come to a stop. Unfortunately, a driver failed to obey the bus’s signal and crashed into the children. Three of the children, a 9-year-old girl and her twin brothers, who were six, were killed at the scene.
Only a few days later, a nine-year-old boy in Mississippi was killed while crossing the street to board his school bus. In Pennsylvania, a bus driver pulled up to pick up a 7-year-old boy and found him dead on the side of the road, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run accident.
Two bus stop accidents also occurred in Florida around the same time as these fatal accidents. In Tampa, a driver struck five children and two adults as they waited at their bus stop, leading to multiple injuries. A kindergarten student in Tallahassee was also seriously injured after being hit by a car near his bus stop.
All of these accidents show that even though the school bus is a safe transportation option, the bus stop can be a dangerous place.
Preventing Bus Stop Accidents
To keep children safe at the bus stop, here are some helpful tips:
- If possible, accompany your child to the bus stop and wait with them until they are safely on the bus
- If you are unable to be at the bus stop with your child, ask another parent or older child to make sure your child is safe
- Teach your child to stand in a safe place at the bus stop, far away from oncoming traffic
- Remind kids not to roughhouse or play in the street while waiting for their bus
- If students are waiting on the bus while it’s still dark out, have them wear reflective, bright colors
Riding the school bus is more than just a rite of passage for school-aged children. It’s also a safe and reliable way to get to school! By teaching your kids to stay safe at the bus stop, you can help them get through an important step of their journey to school.
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