Thousands of Lincoln County students will be headed to and from school today as classroom doors open for the start of a new year, drawing teachers, parents and school buses loaded with children onto area streets.
Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter issued a press release earlier this month with helpful reminders and tips regarding school bus and traffic safety.
Although school buses are considered one of the safer forms of transportation for students, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed nearly 20 school-aged children annually perish in school transportation-related crashes, particularly between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Carpenter noted in the release how children are often ready to see their parents or other guardians after exiting the bus and aren’t mindful of their surroundings and other area vehicles on the roadways.
“They are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day,” he said.
He encouraged parents to discuss the following school bus safety measures with their children:
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office offered the following safety precautions to motorists:
School buses keep more than 30 additional vehicles off roadways, preventing an increased number of potential collisions, the NHTSA’s American School Bus Council said on its website.
Buses additionally allow for cleaner air since a decreased number of vehicles are traveling and emitting fuel.
The NHTSA also showed a decline in Lincoln County wrecks over the last eight years, but the area still witnessed close to 300 injured victims from vehicle collisions in 2012.
For more traffic safety precautions, visit nhtsa.gov.