How to Keep Kids Safe at the Bus Stop

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It is springtime soon in Kansas City. Students across the country will begin to wait outside for their school bus to arrive. Let us investigate how we can keep our children safe while they are waiting for their transportation. 

Did you know?

In certain countries, there is an age requirement for when your child can walk to and from the school bus stop alone. Unfortunately, that rule is not enforceable in the United States, and many kids in Kansas and Missouri walk without parents to and from the school bus stop unaccompanied. Although Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, KCKPS recommends parents escort children to the bus stop and wait with them to assure supervision and safety. 

We are not criticizing by any means free-range kids and encouraging children’s autonomy but how do you know when your child is ready? As a parent, you must ensure your child is safe, responsible, and prepared to walk alone. 

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Keep Kids Safe at the Bus Stop: School Bus Safety

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA showed that “Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car”. NHTSA also believes that the biggest risk is not riding the bus but boarding and exiting the bus. Students can come across various hazards, some include:  

  •  Speeding and Passing Cars 
  • Distracted Drivers 
  • Slip and Falls  
  • Strangers 

 

Tips for Drivers Near School Bus Stops

  • Avoid Distractions: Never drive distracted or while using a cell phone. It can cause permanent damage. If it is an urgent matter PULLOVER. 
  • Pay Attention to lights: Whether they are flashing or regular streetlights. It is always important to pay attention to the road and what is in front of you. 
  • Slow Down: Always watch children walking and crossing the street. Stop if you see the bus lights and stop signs flashing. 
  • Watch for Children Getting on and off the School Bus: Often children can be impulsive leading to unpredictable actions and decisions. Being aware of our surroundings can help keep them safe. 

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Safety tips for children at the Yellow Bus Stop 

  •  Teach your kids how to properly cross the street 
  • Have them wear bright and contrasting colors 
  • Do not let your child play running games at the bus stops 
  • Make sure your child stands away and far from the road 
  • Stay away from the bus driver’s blind spots. Never walk directly behind, in front of the bus or around it. 
  • Use the handrails to avoid slip and falls when exiting the bus 
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you. 

 

Steps to Take If Injured in School Bus Accident

If you or your loved one is injured due to a School Bus accident you may be entitled to compensation. The Devkota Law Firm has more than 22 years of Personal Injury experience and knowledge. It is our goal to make sure responsible parties are held accountable. We offer a free consultation. Our amazing and specialized attorneys have handled various School Bus Accidents in Kansas City. Contact our office today at (816) 312-5253.

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