Mechanicsburg, Pa. – According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), over one and a half million students were transported daily in Pennsylvania during the 2016-2017 school year. National School Bus Safety Week is October 22-26, 2018 and works to address the importance of school bus safety. The theme for 2018 is “My Driver – My Safety Hero!”
SCPAHS Coordinator, Matthew Frampton stated, “Every day as motorists, parents, teachers, and administrators, we need to ensure that over 1.5 million students get to their destination safely. We all play a key role in making this happen.”
The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) and South Central PA Highway Safety (SCPAHS) a division of the ATSPA, remind individuals of the following school bus safety tips:
• Encourage children to arrive early to the bus stop and to stay away from traffic while waiting for the school bus. Never run after the school bus after it has left.
• Ensure children wait until all traffic has been stopped before stepping out in the road.
• Teach children to never cross the street behind the school bus and to walk at least ten feet in front of the bus so the driver can see them.
Frampton added, “As parents, we need to encourage school bus safety with children. This allows the bus drivers to do their job the best they can. As motorists, we need to remember Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law that includes a hefty fine, license suspension and five points on the driving record to ensure safety.”
For more information on school bus safety, contact the ATSPA at 717-766-1616 or [email protected].