Many Americans like traveling by bus, getting the opportunity to see the country up close. However, not all bus companies are equally safe.
Soon 23 million schoolchildren across the nation will start their first day back at school by riding the school bus, making now the perfect time to review the school bus safety rules with your kids.
Passenger vans that can transport as many as 15 people at once are popular choices as airport shuttles and for school and church groups. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that these vehicles can be hazardous if safety concerns are ignored.
Authorities are saying that a driver distracted by spilled coffee was to blame for an accident that sent 29 people, most of them high school basketball players, to the hospital on Saturday, March 19. The 21 players were from Griffith High School in Griffith, Indiana. They, along with team officials, were on their way to Lafayette to play in a state tournament when the accident occurred.
Seat belt laws can be rather confusing. It's been found time and time again that seat belts protect people in car accidents in Illinois, reducing injuries and saving lives. However, when children are put on school buses, seat belts are suddenly ignored, as they're no longer mandatory. Why does this happen?
On Sunday, Feb. 21, a fire engulfed a Megabus just outside of Chicago. Megabus, which has a fleet of some 275 buses, carries about 10 million passengers every year, sometimes at fares as low as $1.00.
The first time that most Chicago area parents put their kids on a school bus is a big milestone, and probably one that's more frightening for them than for their little ones. While school bus drivers are tasked with the safety of their passengers both in and around the vehicles, it's still essential to teach your children some very important safety precautions to help minimize the danger of an unfortunate and perhaps even tragic accident.
There are strict regulations here in Illinois and throughout the country regarding how children of various sizes and ages should be secured when in a car. However, when they get on the school bus every day, these regulations don't apply.
News of an accident involving a school bus with students on board understandably sends chills through Chicago-area parents. However, according to the National Safety Council, school buses are still the safest way for kids to get to and from school. In fact, according to the NSC, it is 10 times safer for a student to take the bus than to walk to and from school and 13 times safer than riding in a car.
Drivers and passengers in cars are required to wear seat belts or in the case of children under a certain age or weight, to be in a child safety seat. However, children who ride in school buses have no such protection. Interestingly, the people who should be putting children's safety at the forefront of their concerns don't seem to favor the use of seat belts in school buses. Bus drivers have expressed strong opposition to them.