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A national survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services that tracks the illegal passing of school buses found that in 2019, more than 95,000 motorists ran school bus stop arms in one day. In the ninth annual survey, over 27% of school bus drivers in 39 states participated, with 130,963 school bus drivers reporting that 95,319 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day earlier this year. According to NASDPTS, throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 17 million violations among America’s motoring public. The number of incidents is likely far greater, since not all school bus drivers participated in the voluntary survey.
The school bus provides the safest form of transportation for students being transported to and from school, but when entering or exiting these vehicles, children become pedestrians who must safely navigate the school bus danger zones. School bus danger zones are areas 10 feet in front, behind, and on each side of the school bus.
Safety tips for students and parents when in and around school bus danger zones:
How motorists can keep kids safe around the school bus:
Visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety to learn more tips and to get information about pedestrian safety.