Highway Safety Specialist Jeremy Gunderson informed attendees at the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Conference earlier this month on safety initiatives currently being worked on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Children will drown if their school buses submerge in a body of water. They won’t have time to evacuate during a school bus fire. They will be forced off the school bus and into a less safe ride to and from school because of decreased passenger capacity. On average one student’s life will be saved a year while costs of new school buses skyrocket.
Christopher Hart, former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, shared lessons learned from recent school bus crash investigations and resulting recommendations to increase safety.
We recently sat down with Diana Hollander, the state director of student transportation at the Nevada Department of Education and the sitting president of NASDPTS. We talked about lap-shoulder belts, technology, the driver shortage and more that will be the center of conversations during the Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Nick Awabdy sets the sky as the limit for school bus safety, but for now he said lap-shoulder belts provide students the most protection.
A webinar from wheelchair restraint manufacturer Q’straint near the beginning of the school year shared ways student transporters can ensure the safety of wheelchair-bound school bus riders.
ABC’s Good Morning America aired video taken during a crash test between a semi-truck and a school bus in August that also previewed an upcoming session at the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.