Many students across Wisconsin start their day by boarding school buses. It’s an important service that many families rely on to get kids safely to school and back home everyday. While busing services maintain top-notch safety practices, students are still vulnerable when exiting the bus. Bus drivers witness careless motorists that neglect the rules of the road and put our students in harm's way.
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) recognized a need for action, and in 2010 passed a resolution that called for national surveys of illegal passing of school buses. This year, 29 states and the District of Columbia have successfully participated in the survey. Over one-fifth of the nation's school bus drivers (104,468) reported a total of 77,972 violators who illegally passed their school buses in the one-day snapshots.
These figures highlight an unacceptable number of dangerous driving practices across America. We all share the responsibility to eliminate threats students experience riding school buses. Participation in the survey is critical to the continued efforts to stop motorist violations and increase the overall safety of school bus riders.
For more information on the project, including survey results and other resources relating to illegal passing prevention, please visit http://www.nasdpts.org/StopArm/index.html