School Bus Safety

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

For millions of students, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, each year many children are injured and several are killed in school bus incidents. Dr. Edward Hill discusses school bus safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most children injured by school buses arent riding inside them during a crash. Theyre outside the bus and in blind spots around it, where they are hidden from the drivers view.

But injuries can occur to passengers in school buses. Go over the following safety rules with your child.

Dont stand up in the bus while its moving.

Keep the aisles clear.

Dont throw things in the bus.

Keep the noise down so the driver isnt distracted.

Dont stick hands or arms out the window.

While waiting at the stop, dont run around or shove each other.

Students should stay away from the wheels and the back of the school bus at all times. If they cross in front of the bus after deboarding, they should wait for a signal from the driver.

Caution your child that if he or she drops something near the bus, dont stoop to get it but move away and wait until the bus has passed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.