Sadly, the dangers around school buses remain a newsworthy issue still today. According to NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts on School—Transportation-Related Crashes, “Between 2006 and 2015, there have been 1,313 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 131 fatalities per year.”
The safety of students and drivers underscores every step a school bus transportation department makes. What happens outside the bus is just as important as what happens inside—often more so, as the majority of fatalities and injuries happen outside the bus.
Changes in tomorrow’s transportation programs can seem far away when school districts are focused on meeting the needs of today. But technology is changing in ways that increase student safety and the level of service a district can provide, making it more important than ever to take advantage of new solutions. That’s what California district Twin Rivers Unified School District (USD) is doing.