School Bus Safety

By: Stacy Eckes
By: Stacy Eckes

With school just days away, the school bus company is getting its drivers and yellow buses in tip top shape.

At Laidlaw Transit in Wausau, the drivers are getting familiar with their routes and finishing up summer training. But, the buses don't leave base without being in working order.

Mechanics are doing repairs and maintenance checks. Plus, the state sends in an inspector at least once a year.

"It is important because they want to make sure the buses are safe," said Leon Antoniewicz from Laidlaw Transit.

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School Bus Safety

Safety Tips For Children:

  • When you get off, take five giant steps away from the bus, out of the danger zone.

  • Cross in front of the bus, and make sure you maintain eye contact with the driver.

  • Never go back for anything and never bend down near or under the bus.

Safety Tips For Parents:

  • Assure your children you won't get mad if they don't go back for a jacket they've left on the bus, or school work they've dropped under a wheel.

  • Encourage them to sit quietly in their seat and follow the driver's instructions on bus safety.

      Safety Tips For Motorists:

      • Stop when the bus's warning lights are flashing, or the stop arm comes out.

      • Share the road with the yellow bus.

      General Facts

      • School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the nation - nearly 2,000 times safer than the family car.

      • The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside a bus than inside one.

      • The child who bends over to retrieve a dropped school paper, or who walks too close to the bus while crossing the street, needs to be aware that every yellow school bus is surrounded by a danger zone.

      Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site) contributed to this report.


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