school bus safety 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/25/13) - Would you trust your children with strangers? You are probably saying, “No,” to the question, but in actuality, many people allow strangers to drive their precious cargo to and from school every day.

Bus drivers in Daviess County alone, load and unload 7,000 students on 117 buses, traveling more than 11,100 miles each day.

October is Bus Safety Awareness Month nationally, but Daviess County has especially focused on spreading knowledge to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of children across the Owensboro area.

The national slogan this year, “Please stay back from the yellow and black”, explains to children and transporters that the 10-foot diameter around the school bus is actually the “danger point”.

Safety does not stop with the bus drivers and monitors, according to driver and trainer, Tia Terteisen. The unloading and loading process is actually the most dangerous portion of the travel. The front and rear of the bus are extremely dangerous for children because of oncoming and approaching traffic.

Daviess County Public Schools Transportation took these dangers extremely seriously this month, giving a public service announcement at a local radio station and also giving training sessions for drivers focusing on improving the skills, which have caused the most accidents.

“If one person absorbs the information, it’s a safer place,” Terteisen said.

Another major emphasis was thanking transportation staff.

“People trust us with their children, and so many days we get unnoticed,” Terteisen said.

For more information on Daviess County Public Schools Transportation, visit: http://www.daviesskyschools.org/administrativeDepartment2.aspx?aid=3.

Taylor Riley
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