ERIC Number: ED364978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
School Bus Safety Report.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.
This publication provides a summary and update of school bus-safety activities conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This report discusses Congressional mandates and NHTSA's actions to improve school-bus safety (which include programs that affect human behavior and motor-vehicle safety performance), the magnitude of school bus-related injuries and fatalities, and current agency activities to make school-bus transportation even safer. Following a review of national safety standards and actions, information is presented on the magnitude of the school-bus problem and pedestrian-related fatalities. Regarding the seat belt issue, the National Academy of Science concluded that the overall benefits of seat belts on large school buses were insufficient to justify a federal requirement for mandatory installation. Other sections describe current amendments under consideration for vans used as school buses and current and future NHTSA activities. A conclusion is that school-bus transportation is one of the safest forms of transportation and that most school-bus crashes are minor. Although buses cannot be designed to withstand catastrophic crashes, the agency will continue to safeguard students who use school-bus transportation. Five figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.