School Bus Safety

Posted on : May 13, 2013

School Bus Safety

Kids are usually nervous on their first day of school. Everything is so new: new teachers, new friends, new books, new classrooms and new school buses. Did you know that the first school buses where horse-drawn carriages? It was very common to use wagons to transport children to school in rural America. There were some variations to the design in northern regions. Sleds were provided in order to glide through the snow with ease. 

In the 1900’s Florida had acquired more than 3000 miles of railroad. It was just the beginning for the sunshine state. Cities such as Key West, Orlando, Tampa, Cape Canaveral, Saint Augustine, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, Sarasota, Tallahassee, St Petersburg, West Palm Beach and Naples enjoyed a thriving economy. Most sunshiners lived within 50 miles of the Georgia’s border though. An actual school bus wasn’t built until the 1930’s and it was painted in yellow in 1939. 

According to statistics taking the bus to school is the safest way to go. Call 1-800-411-PAIN if you are a victim of a school bus crash. School buses have only a rate of 0.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. Federal law does not require seatbelts on most school buses but some still provide them. Apparently seatbelts limit the number of kids per seat and that means schools will have to invest more on transportation.
Drive safely around school buses. We often forget to stop for school buses while on school ground. Motorists are often ticketed for speeding on school ground and for passing school buses.

To handle your traffic infractions, try 411 PAIN.

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