About 19 school children die each year in school bus accidents. This year’s National School Bus Safety Week theme is “My driver – My Safety Hero.”
National School Bus Safety Week is held on the third week in October every year and serves a reminder to students and parents to make bus safety a priority throughout the year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,500 people have died in school bus crashes in the last 20 years.
Derek Martin, from Coventry, Connecticut, told 22News, “It’s a safety issue especially if you are relying on the bus to pick you up and they don’t show up and then you don’t know if your kids are still out there or have a way to school.”
The NHTSA advises parents to pick their children on the side of the road that the bus drops them off.
They also suggest children walk to the bus stop in groups and wear bright clothes that can easily be seen by drivers.
The NHTSA said students are still 70 times more likely to get to school safely on a school bus versus traveling by car.