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Kentucky State Police Offer School Bus Safety Tips

Date of News Release: 08/07/07

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - For some 22 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, each year many children are injured and several are killed in school bus incidents. Last year, Kentucky had 1,443 collisions that involved a bus (school and commercial) with 191 injuries and 3 fatalities.

With school starting in many communities, KSP Highway Safety Branch Commander Tim Lucas is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses. "As motorists, we need to take extra caution anytime we are in the vicinity of a school bus. Stop, slow down and look for children who may be loading or unloading from the bus" said Lucas.

Kentucky law requires that if any school or church bus used in the transportation of children is stopped upon a highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of a vehicle approaching from any direction shall bring his vehicle to a stop and shall not proceed until the bus has completed receiving or discharging passengers and has been put in motion. The stop requirement provided for in this section shall not apply to vehicles approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction upon a highway of four (4) or more lanes.

Passing a loading/unloading school/church bus is a class B misdemeanor for the first offense and a class A misdemeanor for the second offense. Any person who violates this law will be subject to being cited or arrested.

Nationwide, since 1994, 1,479 people have died in school transportation-related crashes - an average of 134 fatalities per year. Most of the people who lost their lives in those crashes (70%) were occupants of other vehicles involved. Non-occupants (pedestrians, pedalcyclists, etc.) accounted for 22 percent of the deaths, and occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 8 percent.

Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely on them to do so. The National Safety Council encourages parents to teach their children these rules for getting on and off the school bus.

Rules for getting on and off the school bus getting on the school bus

Getting off the school bus

Correct way to cross the street

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