WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Students and parents gathered for a special school bus training and tour, Wednesday, where they learned rules for staying safe.
The new school year is right around the corner, and that means parents will soon have to turn over their kids to total strangers — and trust those strangers to drive safely. But as families who showed up at the West Jordan Library learned, school bus drivers are not the only ones responsible for a safe arrival.
International bus service provider, First Student is trying to steer students toward personal accountability. They offered interesting information about school buses and asked students to agree to the following five rules by signing a safety pledge:
1. Stand Back. Stay 10 giant steps away from the outside of the bus at all times. If you stand too close, the bus driver can’t see you.
2. Wait for OK to Cross. Wait until your bus driver gives you the OK sign before crossing the street.
3. Use the Handrail. Heavy backpacks and wet shoes are no match for the handrail. Hold on tight when getting on and off the bus to keep from tripping or slipping.
4. Sit the Right Way. Once you sit down, keep both feet flat on the floor and your back against the seat.
5. Be Still Until the Bus Completely Stops. It’s fun to be first, but it’s more important to be patient. Wait for the bus to completely stop before you try to get on board. And always stay in your seat while the bus is moving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 70 times safer than cars and 10 times safer than walking.