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Title: School Bus Safety


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School Bus Danger Zone Casualties
How to Prevent School Bus Danger Zone Casualties?
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  • Over the past 8 years, there have been 92 school
    bus danger zone fatalities reported an average
    of 12 casualties every year! While analyzing the
    causes of these casualties, many factors were
    identified.
  • 37 casualties were caused due to accident by
    passing vehicle.
  • 24 casualties happened while students were in
    front of the school bus.
  • 12 casualties happened because the students were
    standing too close to the side of the bus and the
    rest 10 casualties happened when the students ran
    after the bus.
  • The damages that happened due to these
    causalities may be irreparable but many measures
    can be taken from such incidents repeating. Some
    of them are listed.

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There had been numerous incidents where students
were found locked up in school vans or knocked
down by vehicles while waiting for school bus at
bus stops. Certain zones are prominent in causing
a lot of student fatalities. These has been
categorized as danger zones.
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  • Accident by passing vehicle
  • Straying on to school buses path or staying
    too close to the side of the school bus
  • Running after the school bus

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Accident by passing vehicle
  • Students trying to cross roads dangerously are a
    common sight in bus stops near schools.
  • You cant say that the student should not cross
    the read since it may be a necessity but you can
    train the students to cross the road in a proper
    manner.
  • Also, the school bus driver can gesture if it is
    safe to cross.
  • But the students should check for themselves once
    again to avoid any accidents.
  • The students should stay by the edge of the
    pavement and check left and right for vehicles
    coming and then, cross the road.

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Students crossing roads carelessly is not the
only reason. There can be other reasons such as-
  • Ignorance by drivers, especially the ones who
    have been driving for years but are not up to
    date with the law.
  • The driver being distracted
  • Some drivers do it deliberately. They can see
    the stopped bus, are aware of the laws and know
    that kids may be around but dont bother to slow
    down but drive past the bus, instead

This can be solved by educating the people
occasionally about the laws and ask them to pay
attention when they see a school bus
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Straying on to school buses path or staying too
close to the side of the school bus
At times, carelessness can cause casualties
within the school vicinity itself. The front end
and the sides are in particular termed as danger
zones. Schools can help avoid such accidents by
employing some simple measures.
  • Make crossing gates mandatory in schools to
    prevent students straying on to the path of
    school buses. In schools around the world, the
    number of such fatalities has been reduced when
    crossing gates were introduced.
  • Ask students not to be near the side of the
    school bus and that they should be at least 6
    steps away from the bus.
  • Make it mandatory for drivers to count the
    number of students and check the mirrors to
    ensure the safety of students

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Running after the school bus
This is a very dangerous practice and is often
seen at most bus stops. Usually it is the teenage
students who are bound to do this. It can be
prevented in two ways
  • Asking the students not to run behind the
    school bus and educating them about the
    consequences.
  • Instructing the drivers to stop the bus in case
    students run behind and bang on the bus. Drivers
    should take such students to the school principal
    as soon as they reach the school

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In short, there are five things that can be done
to cut down the number of school bus danger zone
casualties
  • Train the drivers
  • Educate the students about the school bus
    practices and the consequences if they are not
    followed
  • Parents and school must communicate with each
    other about safe school bus practices
  • Educate the public
  • Make crossing gates mandatory in schools

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  • Apart from all these, an extra step that can be
    taken using a school bus monitoring system to
    track students.
  • The RFID school bus tracking system requires
    students to swipe their RFID tags in the school
    bus as soon as they enter.
  • This can help you identify if a child has entered
    the bus or whether he/she is somewhere near the
    bus.

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Resources-
http//www.trackschoolbus.com/blog/prevent-school-
bus-danger-zone-casualties/
http//www.trackschoolbus.com/blog/scope-rfid-scho
ol-bus-tracking-systems-security-measures-schools/
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