From 2008 to 2017, 264 children were killed in school-transportation-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those, 203 were either walking, waiting for the bus, biking, or riding to or from school in another vehicle.
Common sense and a little education can go a long way towards keeping everyone safe this fall.
Tips for Drivers and Passengers
- Be especially alert in school zones, even on weekends and evenings. Slow down—whether you see children or not—and always obey speed limits, traffic signs, and crossing guards.
- Avoid multitasking and distracted driving; never text and drive.
- Put children under the age of 13 in the back seat.
- Make sure infant and child car seats are properly installed. Car seats reduce risk of death by 28 percent in the event of a crash. Read our complete car seat safety guide for safety facts, inspection information, car seat recalls, and more.
- Double check for children in blind spots and when driving in reverse. Teach your children never to play in, under, or around vehicles.
- Be alert for children getting on and off school buses and crossing the street outside marked crosswalks. Maintain a safe distance behind buses and expect frequent stops.
- Remind your passengers they are legally required to wear a seatbelt.