School buses should be a safe method of transportation for Connecticut students. When drivers and students respect the rules and commit to proper behavior, the bus can be one of the safest ways for children to get to school.

The rules surrounding school bus transport are important, but many drivers disregard them. This is why the National Association for Pupil Transportation sponsors National School Bus Safety Week each October. The National Safety Council informs the public that this year, this important awareness event will be held during the week of October 21 through 25.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out the following safety rules that drivers need to observe around school buses:

  • Do not speed in school zones.
  • Be aware of children who may run into the street to catch their bus.
  • Be extra vigilant in the early mornings, when it may still be dark as children wait at the bus stop.
  • Always stop when a school bus has its flashing lights activated and its safety arm or stop sign extended.

Parents should also talk to their children about the expectations regarding walking to their bus stops. This includes being aware of their surroundings, only crossing the street at designated crosswalks or intersections and never engaging in horseplay with their friends near traffic. They should also walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing the street, so the bus driver is able to see them.

When drivers and students are aware of the risks and the rules regarding school buses, the chances are increased that children will have a safe school year.

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