The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is bringing back the School Bus Safety Week Program. It will begin on October 17th, 2016 this year and conclude on the 21st. This is one of the most exciting safety programs geared to protect children in the nation, as it reaches thousands of school districts and countless children.
Last year’s theme was “Bully Free Zone!” and addressed how and why children on school buses should deter bullying. In particular, the message of kindness to everyone was portrayed through smiling, friendly faces. There was also an art contest to create posters for the theme; children from around the country participated.
This year the theme is #StopOnRed! Children exiting school buses are endangered by negligent drivers that do not see or respect the flashing red lights of the school bus. Head over to the NAPT website to see some of the posters submitted for the current and previous themes: http://napt.org/resources/national-school-bus-safety-week.php.
It is crucial to get this concept across to drivers of all ages: if you see flashing red lights on a school bus that has pulled over, children are currently exiting and may step into the street; it is not safe to pass the bus at this time and you must come to a complete stop. This information is incorporated into every driver’s educational course and as part of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) training. There is no excuse to pass a stopped school bus with its lights flashing.
At The Gilbert Law Group, we are passionate about protecting and representing the wrongfully injured, from young children to the elderly. If you or your child were hurt by a negligent motorist, you can contact our firm to discover your rights during a free case evaluation. With our assistance, you may be able to recover maximum compensation for your injury and damages.