School Bus Safety Facts & Figures

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National School Bus Safety Week is October 22-26, 2018

Take time to educate students and parents about how taking the school bus can lead to safer travel to and from school, as well as during pick-up and drop-off times. We’ve listed some important school bus safety facts and figures, as well as rules and regulations that help make school buses among the safest vehicles on the road today.


School Bus Safety Facts

School buses keep over 17 million cars off the roads every year.

More than 25 million school children ride more than 480,000 school buses each day in the United States of America.

One school bus carries the equivalent of 36 cars when filled with students and staff members.

School buses help the environment, saving more than 2.6 billion gallons of gasoline and over 20 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The first school bus built to accommodate wheelchairs for disabled students was active in 1957.

Most school bus fatalities involving students and children actually occur outside the school bus itself.

Four to six school-age children die each year on school transportation vehicles, but that number actually constitutes less than one percent of total nationwide traffic fatalities.

Over 10 million drivers on the road are believed to illegally pass school buses every year.

These passing vehicles cause nearly two-thirds of the deadly accidents that occur during school bus loading and unloading.

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School Bus Safety Rules & Regulations

Many organizations believe the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road in the USA. Statistically, students are approximately 70 times more likely to get to school and back safely when taking a school bus instead of a car.

School buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road, including 10 congressional committees and three Department of Transportation agencies involved in quality and maintenance.

School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries, including such safety measures as protective seating, rollover protection, extra visibility, and high crush standards.

Standard school bus safety features include flashing red lights, seat belts, cross-view mirrors, and stop-sign arm laws in every state to protect children from other motorists.

Drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it’s loading or unloading, from any approaching direction.

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