With students heading back to school this week, we thought it would be appropriate to share a few facts about this common way of getting to and from school.
School buses are a convenient. We all know buses save parents’ time and make sure that students get to school on time in the morning and arrive back home in the afternoon. But what are some things that we may not know about buses?We did some research on school buses and here is what we found:
According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, it was not until the late 19th century that transportation was provided to students. Additionally, this service expanded and in 1910, 30 states had programs to transport students to and from school. Now, as indicated by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil transportation Services, there are 450,000 public buses transporting around 24 million students each year.
What many people do not realize is that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for students. The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services mentions that in 1939, 48 states sent representatives to meet and develop standards for safety. These standards that have been kept in place, added to, and modified have made buses significantly safer over the years. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that school buses account for only 1% of student fatalities, as opposed to teen drivers accounting for 58% and adult drivers accounting for 23%. This is most likely due to the safety standards and regulations set in place by the government. School buses are designed to be tougher and are equipped with many safety features (reinforced sides, bright yellow color, stop sign, etc.). These buses are regularly and thoroughly maintained, which prevents safety hazards. Also school bus drivers undergo rigorous training and screening to make sure they are trained and ready to keep children safe. The NHTSA also reports that buses are responsible for less than 4% of student injuries. Therefore, it is safe to say that the school bus is the safest way for your student to travel to and from school.
In addition to safety, school buses also cut fuel consumption and traffic on the roads. Buses reduce the number of parents who drive their children to school, which makes this the more efficient option for transportation. In fact, the NHTSA says that just one school bus is equal to thirty-six cars and saves billions of gallons of fuel each year.
With many students heading back to school on the bus this week, it is safe to say it is not likely that they will encounter any safety hazards on their way. From all of us at Colombo Law, we wish that you and your student have a great start to the new school year.