National School Bus Safety Week

    October 20-24, 2008

     kids getting on school bus

    2008 Theme

    Online Resources

    "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead"

    Remember, when you see the flashing red lights and the stop bar, you must stop and allow children to get on or off the bus. Here are some other tips to remember:
    • School buses are one of the safest vehicles on the road.
    • Most school bus incidents happen off the bus, not on the bus.
    • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
    • When the bus approaches, stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
    • School buses don't have seat belts in them because they have a built-in occupant protection system known as "compartmentalization," which is a system of seat height, seat length and padding, among other requirements. Compartmentalization is like an egg carton protecting a child.
    Check out the following information about school bus safety:

    Know the School Bus Danger Zones:

    school bus danger zones

    26 million students ride the school bus each day.  Thank you 26 million times for stopping.

    Did you know?
    Passing a stopped school bus is a driving violation in Virginia that will add 6 points on your driving record for 3 years.

    Source:  Virginia Highway Safety Dept.