School Bus Safety To Be Celebrated
Posted: October 18, 2004
School bus safety will be celebrated across the country next week during National School Bus Safety Week. As part of the weeklong celebration, the National Association for Pupil Transportation, the National School Transportation Association and the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute will sponsor a poster contest.
This year’s theme is “Flashing Red Means Stop Ahead.”
West Virginia will be sending four statewide poster winners to the national competition. Nicole Krammer, a student at Wheeling Middle School, Ohio County, won the state’s Grand Prize and $100 from West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation. William McKinney, of Mullens Elementary, Wyoming County, won first place in the Special Education category; Victoria Flinchum, of Highlawn Elementary, Cabell County, won first place in the K-2 category; and Ashley Boggs, of Spencer Elementary, Roane County, won first place in the grades three through five category. All three first place winners were awarded $50 from the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation.
View the winning posters here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2004/bus2004.html
National winners will also receive prizes for each division: • First Place and overall winner will receive $1,000 savings bond; • First Place winners in the remaining categories will receive $500 savings bond; • Second Place winners in the remaining categories will receive $250 savings bond; • Third Place winners in the remaining categories will receive $100 savings bond.
School bus transportation is the safest way to transport a child to school. Fatal crashes involving occupants are extremely rare events, even though school buses serve daily in every community. Every school day across the country, some 440,000 yellow school buses transport more than 24 million children to and from schools and school-related activities. In West Virginia, 2,966 buses transport 220,325 students.
Last year, 45 states, including West Virginia, had not had a single child killed as a school bus occupant. The Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that every year more than 800 school-aged children are killed as passengers in other motor vehicles, walking or riding bicycles during normal school transportation hours. Most of these deaths could have been prevented had these children traveled in school buses.