The beginning of the school year brings many ‘firsts’ for students, teachers, and parents across the county. For our youngest students, in Kindergarten and First Grade, one of those firsts is riding the school bus.
This year, we tagged along for the first bus ride to see how students (and their parents) enjoyed taking the bus to get to school.
Looks fun, doesn’t it?
The school bus isn’t just a ‘fun’ way for Cobb students to get to school, it also happens to be the safest.
Long-term, national studies have shown that the school bus is the absolute safest way for children to be transported to and from school.
“Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car…” Buses are “designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every state, stop-arm laws protect children from other motorists.”
Here in Cobb, are student bus riders may be even safer. The Cobb County Transportation Department wins top safety awards year after year, thanks to their focus on our most important stakeholders – our students.
There are many reasons that riding a school bus is the safest way for students to travel, from driver training to school bus design, but let’s hit the two most important reasons.
First, buses are designed specifically with safety as the primary goal.
School buses are designed so that they’re highly visible and include safety features such as flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors, and stop-sign arms. They also include protective seating, high crush standards, and rollover protection features.
Secondly, our state has passed strict laws dealing with road safety and school buses.
Laws protect students who are getting off and on a school bus by making it illegal for drivers to pass a school bus while dropping off or picking up passengers, regardless of the direction of approach.
What’s the point?
The point is if it’s safer for our students to be riding the school bus to and from school, and it’s a convenience for our hard-working parents, why wouldn’t more families take advantage of this opportunity?
For more information on school bus safety, school bus law, and the benefits of our public school transportation systems, please check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.