SAU 9 OBSERVES BUS SAFETY WEEK

by Christian Mower on October 19, 2011

THE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR FOR SAU 9 SAYS RIDING THE BUS TO SCHOOL IS THE SAFEST WAY FOR KIDS TO GET THERE – AND SHE WANTS TO KEEP IT THAT WAY BY HAVING EVERYONE FOLLOW THE RULES.

NATIONAL BUS SAFETY WEEK RUNS THROUGH FRIDAY AND GREDEL SHAW – WHO’S SON RIDES THE BUS TO MIDDLE SCHOOL – SAYS IT’S AN EXCELLENT WAY FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, DRIVERS, SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO ADDRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL BUS SAFETY.

SHAW SAYS MORE THAN 1,500 STUDENTS RIDE MORE THAN A DOZEN BUSES IN CONWAY AND SURROUNDING TOWNS EACH DAY – WITH EACH BUS DRIVER ON THE ROAD FOR MORE THAN SIX HOURS. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE RIDE IS AT THE BUS STOP, WHERE KIDS ARE AT THE GREATEST RISK WHILE BOARDING OR EXITING.

OF PARTICULAR CONCERN ARE DRIVERS WHO DRIVE AROUND A SCHOOL BUS WHILE IT’S STOPPED WITH LIGHTS FLASHING.

SHAW SAYS THERE WAS AN INCIDENT LAST WEEK WHERE A STUDENT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIT IF THE BUS DRIVER HADN’T SOUNDED THE AIR HORN.

BECAUSE OF THAT INCIDENT, CONWAY POLICE ASSIGNED A CRUISER TO TRAIL A BUS ON ROUTE 16 THAT HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH DRIVERS. LT.CHRIS PERLEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS A ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY FOR VIOLATIONS OF SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS.

HE SAYS THERE’S AN INCREASE THIS TIME OF YEAR IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT DRIVERS FAILING TO STOP OR YIELD FOR BUSES DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP STUDENTS.

HE REMINDS DRIVERS THEY NEED TO OBEY THE LAW AND BE EXTRA VIGILANT.