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Tiger Talk: Keep 'em safe

School bus facts:

• Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million children to and from school every weekday.

• Only half of America’s students take the school bus to school; the others use more dangerous forms of transportation.

• In the United States we lose more than 800 children every year because they are not in school buses. Most of the fatalities (55 percent) occur in cars driven by teenagers.

• School buses are required to meet higher construction, equipment and inspection standards than any other vehicle and their drivers are required to meet higher qualifications, training and testing standards than any other drivers on the road.

The nationwide safety record for the 25 million children who do NOT ride school buses to and from school each day:

• 448 fatalities in passenger vehicles with a teenage driver.

• 169 fatalities in passenger vehicles with an adult driver.

• 131 fatalities to pedestrians.

• 46 fatalities to bicyclists.

The nationwide safety record for the 25 million children who RIDE the school buses to and from school each day:

• 5 passenger fatalities.

• 15 pedestrian fatalities at school bus stops.

Additional interesting facts:

• School buses decrease our dependence on foreign oil through an annual savings of 2.3 billion gallons of fuel!

• School buses keep cars off the road, decreasing both traffic congestion and fuel emissions.

• School buses represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students but account for less than 4 percent of the injuries!

For more school bus facts, go to sponsored by the American School Bus Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Flashing yellow and red lights?

Flashing yellow lights are turned on 300 feet before a stop. Once the bus stops, the red lights are turned on and the stop sign is deployed.

Question: What should I do as a driver of another vehicle?

Answer: When the yellow lights come on, that is your warning to begin to slow down looking for children at their bus stop. then, be prepared to come to a stop at least 25 feet from the stopped bus.

Warning: Passing or driving around that stopped bus is against the law! You must wait until the bus driver has turned off his red flashing lights before you move!

Please note: School buses are on the road picking up children generally from 6:45-8:15 a.m. and dropping off children generally from 3-4:30 p.m.

When buses are on the road, please leave a little earlier, if need be, to give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

To keep our children safe, it is our job to: Drive safely, be patient and stop for school buses.

Please remember... “Keep ‘em safe!”