Be aware of school bus safety
by Ola K. Norman
The following information from the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the school transportation industry, reflect and represents safety data at a glace regarding yellow school buses and school transportation programs within the United States.
1. About 480,000 yellow school buses provide transportation services daily nationwide.
2. Approximately 26 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily, which is 52 million trips a day.
3. About 16 children are fatally injured as pedestrians in the loading and unloading zone around buses annually.
With summer coming to a close it is time for our children to return to school. That means school buses will be out picking up and discharging students from the bus stops. The Elkin Police would like to remind all drivers how important it is to pay attention when around school buses in the mornings and afternoons.
School buses usually start running early in the mornings around 6 a.m. and begin taking students home around 2:30 p.m.
It is a violation of state law to pass a stopped school bus while it is boarding and discharging passengers. Drivers found in violation of this law are subject to being charged with a misdemeanor and up to a $200 fine unless it results in an injury or death, then the charge would become a felony.
We ask that all drivers be safe and courteous of our school buses.
School schedule for area school systems:
-Surry County Schools begin August 8
-Wilkes and Yadkin County Schools begin August 9
-Elkin City Schools begin August 13
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