OVERHEAD VIEW OF “NO-ZONE” AREAS School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the nation-nearly 2,000 times safer than the family car. NO ZONE NO ZONE NO ZONE NO ZONE
Crashes are rare because school systems and the school bus contractors work hard to train drivers to avoid crashes. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside a bus than inside one. Children are at greatest risk when they are getting on or off the school bus. Most of the children killed in bus related crashes are pedestrians, five to seven years old they are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. In fact pedestrian fatalities while loading and unloading school buses account for nearly three out of every four fatalities. The child who bends over to retrieve a dropped school paper, or who walks too close to the bus while crossing the street, needs to be aware that every school bus is surrounded by a danger zone. This Danger Zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children should stay ten feet away from the school bus and NEVER go behind the bus. In many of our school systems, children are taught to escape that zone by taking five giant steps as soon as they exit the bus. If they must cross the street after exiting the bus, they are taught to cross at least five giant steps in front of the bus-and to be sure they’re able to be seen by the school bus driver and can maintain eye contact with the driver. Perhaps the most difficult thing to teach children, especially young children, is not to go back to pickup items they’ve dropped near the bus, or left on the bus.