As we approach the start of another school year after many of our kids have been learning remotely it is a good time to review bus safety rules to make sure we all remember how to keep our kids, bus drivers, and other drivers safe while on the road as schools head back into in-person learning. New Haven pedestrian accidents happen from time to time due to poor bus safety habits. Since it has been quite a time since our students have been back in school buildings and back at the bus stop, it is important to review school bus safety procedures so we can all stay safe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made some recommendations for parents and bus riders alike to stay safe when they are headed to the bus stop. Following these steps can keep you safe and help you avoid dangerous situations:
- BEFORE the first day of school, visit the bus stop with your child so they can get a feel for what the bus stop looks like and you can get an understanding of some of the dangers that may be lurking.
- Always arrive 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up or drop off time.
- Remind your child that there is no running or playing at the bus stop, it is a place to wait for the bus.
- Always maintain six feet between you and where the bus will be arriving or departing.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on it.
- Encourage your child to use the bus’ handrails when boarding the bus
Following these six simple steps will help you and your child stay safe when returning to school after a long time away from the bus stop. Many bus safety steps may have felt like old hat for a while, but since it has been so long since students and families have made their way to a bus stop this is an important reminder on how to stay safe. Getting into a New Haven pedestrian accident as school gets back in session can be a very difficult way to start the year.
All of us at the LoRicco Law Firm wish you and your family a safe return to school this year and hope that this year brings you some joy and normalcy.