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Monday, September 11, 2006

Back to school bus safety

With students across the country returning to school, the American Red Cross recently issued an appeal for school bus safety. Twenty-four million students ride the bus to school each day and it’s much safer than other forms of transportation, but 11 school-age pedestrians are killed by school transportation vehicles each year, necessitating the following safety precautions that schools should share with their students:

Line up facing the bus, not along side it.
Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.
Carry all loose belongings in a bag or backpack.
Never reach under the school bus to get anything that has rolled beneath it. The bus driver may be sitting too high up to see you.
After getting off the bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic. If there is no sidewalk, try to stay as far to the side of the road as possible.
Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street. Walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.
Never cross the street or play behind the school bus.