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School Bus Safety Week

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School Bus Safety Week is October 20-24:  At My Stop, YOU Stop!

For some 25 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.

A school-transportation-related crash is a crash that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.

Between the years of 2003 and 2012, there were 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,222 (0.35%) were classified as school-transportation-related.

Between the years of 2003 and 2012, there have been 1,353 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 135 fatalities per year.

Between the years of 2003 and 2012, 119 school-age pedestrians (younger than 19) have died in school- transportation-related crashes.

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. 

This year, the theme for National School Bus Safety Week is, "At my stop, YOU STOP! in hopes of preventing some of these statistics from continuing.