This month, thousands of Ohio school children will be heading back to school. For many of these students their day starts and ends by riding a school bus.
The safety of the students riding to and from school and to school-sanctioned events is top priority for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
From 2016 through 2020, 5,859 traffic crashes involved school buses in Ohio. During this time, 1,923 were injured and eight were killed. None of those killed were on a school bus.
“All Ohioans can help make this school year a safe one,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “School bus safety involves a commitment from motorists, parents, and children.”
“Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility by school bus drivers and motorists,” said Lt. Tim Hoffman, commander of the Norwalk Post. “Motorists should always exercise caution while children are boarding and exiting school buses.”
As the buses return to the roadways, the Patrol has a few reminders: Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed and cannot resume driving until the school bus begins moving. The Patrol also reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops.
School buses are also required to be inspected twice a year to ensure the bus is operating properly. Every bus used to transport students is inspected before the beginning of the school year and once randomly during the year. From 2016 through 2020, the Patrol performed 149,833 inspections.
For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations, visit the Patrol’s website here.
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