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School Bus Safety Tips From Avery County Sheriff PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 05:43

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 19 school-aged children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year.


To help reduce that number, Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye has a few safety tips for students riding the school bus and for motorists.


Frye said students should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early and stay at least three or four yards away from the curb.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the most likely time for tragedy to strike is in the afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 when students are getting home from school and drivers are getting off work.


Drivers should remember that children are unpredictable and should slow down and prepare to stop when school bus light begin flashing.  Drivers should never pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing the stop arm is extended.  Also, drivers should be especially wary if there are no sidewalks because in that case, it is more likely that a child would be walking in the roadway.


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