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2014 survey shows motorists continue to pass stopped school buses

from NAPT

Last week the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) released the results of its 4th annual survey on illegal passing of school buses. In 29 states throughout the country, 20% of the nation's school bus drivers participated in a one-day survey to report how many times motorists passed their stopped school buses illegally. Over 97,000 school bus drivers reported that 75,966 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 13 million violations by private motorists.

"We know that students are far safer in school buses, but when they are outside the bus, they are more vulnerable to injury or death," said Max Christensen, president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. “There are nearly a half million school buses on the road each day in the United States.

"This survey captured only a fraction of the violations that bus drivers and traffic officers know all too well are occurring each and every day." Added Christensen, "Any driver who passes a stopped school bus illegally is endangering children and his or her future. These results highlight the potentially tragic consequences of saving a few seconds by passing a school bus. It can be devastating not only for the victims and their families, but also for the motorist who hits a child and will have to live with the sad consequences."

Complete information on the project, including the detailed 2014 survey results and the 2013 compendium of state laws, can be found at www.nasdpts.org/stoparm or by contacting North Carolina's State Director, Derek Graham, or NASDPTS Executive Director, Charlie Hood. more


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