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Safety Advisory: Students and Motorists Reminded to Be Safety Conscious In and Around School Zones and Bus Stops

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Safety Advisory: Students and Motorists Reminded to Be Safety Conscious In and Around School Zones and Bus Stops

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
August 18, 2014


NHTSA 35-14
Monday, August 18, 2014
Contact: Kathryn Henry, 202-366-9550, Public.Affairs@dot.gov

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WASHINGTON – As a brand new school year begins, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds parents, students and motorists to be alert and to put safety first in school zones and near school bus stops.

School buses are the safest means of transportation for getting to and from school and keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the roads every year. Even so, students need to be careful when entering the “school bus danger zone” – 10 feet in front, behind or on either side of the bus. In addition, motorists need to be alert and always stop for a school bus when flashing lights are illuminated.

According to NHTSA data, over the past 10 years, 44 school-aged children and teens between the ages of 5-19 were killed in school zones traveling to or from school.* Out of that number 77 percent (34) were pedestrians either struck by a school bus or another vehicle.

NHTSA’s August edition of Safety 1n Num3ers provides the following safety tips:

Teach children how to stay safe around a school bus:

How motorists can keep kids safe around the school bus:

More back to school safety information can be found in NHTSA’s August edition of Safety 1n Num3ers.

*NHTSA school zone data was based on child and teen deaths that occurred between the hours of 6 a.m-8:59 a.m. and 2 p.m.-4:59 p.m.

Stay connected with NHTSA via: Facebook.com/NHTSA | Twitter.com/NHTSAgov | YouTube.com/USDOTNHTSA | SaferCar.gov

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