ERIC Number: ED437736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School Bus Safety: Safe Passage for America's Children.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.
This document outlines measures to enhance the safe transportation of children to and from school. It reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to the highest standards of safety in school buses, and it outlines some of the NHTSA guidelines, such as rollover protection, body-joint strength, seat belts, emergency exits, fuel-system integrity, handrails, nonconforming vans, and passenger seating. The report provides a brief history of NHTSA's activities related to school-bus safety, including behavioral program and vehicle regulations. It discusses current projects and future agency plans, including recent research that aims to make the next generation of school buses safer. Because children are at much greater risk of being killed as a pedestrian in a school-bus loading zone rather than as a passenger on a school bus, educating children on how to be safe pedestrians is fundamental to safety. The booklet describes various education programs for children, and it discusses the training and licensing of school-bus drivers. It analyzes motorist behavior, especially stop-arm violators and illegal passing, and the various safety enhancements that have been made to buses over the years. Two appendices provide federal motor-vehicle safety standards and other information. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.