Tips to Stay Safe While Waiting for the School Bus
A rash of recent accidents involving children waiting for school buses has parents on alert.
In Indiana, three siblings crossing the street to catch their school bus were struck by a pickup truck. In Mississippi, a fourth-grader was killed by a truck as he attempted to board his school bus. And in Florida, five children and two parents were seriously injured when a motorist struck them at a school bus stop.
So what can you do to keep your kids safe?
Frank Klein, director of safety and training for Suffolk Transportation Service in Long Island, New York, shared his safety tips with Inside Edition.
First, arrive at the bus stop early, wear reflective clothing, and stand at least 6 feet from the curb. There should be no goofing around.
Never walk behind the bus, and if kids need to cross the street, walk on the sidewalk in front of the bus to a place 10 feet in front of the driver. Make eye contact with the driver and wait for the driver to tell you it's safe. Then, looking left and right, cross the road.
Some school bus companies are installing cameras to catch those who blow by school bus stop signs.
The school bus is still the safest way to go to school. Kids are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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