Keeping School Bus Passengers Safe

Keeping Kids Safe as School Bus Passengers 

The "Danger Zone," or area that puts children in the most danger of being hit, is 10 feet on all sides of a bus. Children should stay ten feet away from the bus (or as far away as they can) and never go behind the bus. They should take 5 giant steps in front of the bus before crossing, so they can be seen by the driver.  

The risks of riding the bus 

Millions of children in the United State ride safely to and from school on school buses each day. Although school buses are the safest way to get them to school, an average of 33 school-age children die in school bus-related traffic crashes each year.  

Most of the children killed in school bus related accidents are pedestrians, five to seven years old. They are hit in the danger zone around the bus, either by a passing vehicle or by the school bus itself. It is illegal for a car to pass a bus with its red light flashing. 

Causes of passenger injury 

  • Children hurry to get on or off the bus. 
  • They act before they think and have little experience with traffic. 
  • They assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross. 
  • They don’t always stay within the bus driver’s sight.

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