National School Bus Safety Week 2013

National School Bus Safety WeekMaking the decision on how to get your kids to and from school is no small task. Many parents feel as though their child would be safer with them behind the wheel, and the idea of sending a small child off on the school bus every day can seem stressful to both parents and child. With National School Bus Safety Week approaching this October 21st to 25th, 2012, there’s never been a better time to take a good look at the statistics for school bus safety.

Did you know more than 800 students are killed while going back and forth to school each year? Out of 25 million students who traveled on the school bus, there were only 5 passenger fatalities and 15 fatalities related to pedestrian bus stops. In contrast, out of the 25 million students who did not take the school bus each day, there were 448 passenger fatalities due to teenage drivers, 169 fatalities due to adult drivers, 131 fatalities due to pedestrian traffic, and 46 fatalities where bicycles were involved.

National School Bus Safety Week was designed to promote these statistics and show parents the benefits of school buses as the safest mode of transportation for children. A show of support will be seen throughout communities across the United States, and children will participate in school with poster and speech contests. You can get involved in National School Bus Safety Week by visiting the National Association for Pupil Transportation.