Putting the Brakes on School Bus Safety Concerns

With school soon to be back in session, parents have been riding up to me and asking me what they can tell their children regarding being safe while on or around the school bus.  Well let me put the brakes on some of their concerns and provide some information on this topic.

School buses are probably the safest form of highway transportation.  Yet accidents can and do occur, and about two-thirds of them happen to pedestrians who are outside the bus.  In fact the greatest risk for your child is not while they are riding the bus, but as they are approaching and/or leaving the bus.

Here are some suggestions to help ensure your child’s safety around the school bus:

Hopefully tips like this will take care of business, or should I say bus-iness, when it comes to your child being safe around and on the school bus this year. 

Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at http://www.FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids