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National Bus Safety Month

School buses are one of the most important modes of transportation in our country.  Each school day, over 25 million children ride the bus to and from school[1].

With the goal of promoting bus safety, the campaign for National School Bus Safety Week occurs the week of October 22 – 26, 2018.  This year’s campaign theme is “My Driver – My Safety Hero!”

National School Bus Safety Week aims to educate parents, students, drivers, and school staff about the importance of school bus safety.

Along with the National Association for Pupil Transportations (NAPT), the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), we urge you to learn about, share, and follow these bus safety tips.[2]

Bus Safety 101 

  • Get it Together. Students should use backpacks or durable bags to contain their personal items so they can easily get on or off the school bus without dropping things.
  • Be Visible. For better visibility among vehicles, young children can wear brighter clothing and walk together and wait in groups.
  • Don’t be Late – Be Early! Students should leave a few minutes early so that they arrive at the bus stop before the bus is due.  That way, they won’t be caught running in front of traffic to get the bus.
  • Sidewalks Rule! Students should always walk on sidewalks, but if there aren’t any sidewalks, then stay on edge of road and walk facing the traffic.
  • L, R, L Students should look left, then right, then left before crossing the street.  In addition, students need to be careful of vehicles backing out of driveways.
  • Wait Safely. Ensure children wait for the bus in a safe location on the sidewalk or in a driveway.  Children should never play in the street.
  • Look First! When children get off the bus, they need to carefully look both ways before they move.  If they drop something while getting on or off the bus, they should tell the bus driver and await instructions before attempting to pick it up.

Cell Phone Use on the Bus 

  • Use it if you Mute it. Cell phones and electronic devices are permitted for use on the bus, providing the student uses headphones, ear buds, or muting the device.
  • Hands Free – On and Off. Electronic devices should be kept in backpacks or holders so that students can use handrails when getting on or off buses.

On behalf of Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., we hope you and your loved ones have a safe, enjoyable, and educational school year!

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://www.napt.org/nsbsw

[2] https://www.napt.org/nsbsw

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