WALL, N.J., Aug. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As schools and families
across North America prepare to start the new school year, Student
Transportation Inc. operations teams at Student Transportation of
America (STA) and Student Transportation of Canada (STC) are issuing
back-to-school safety tips for students, parents and motorists.
“Awareness” is the school bus company’s primary message to communities
as the school year begins. “Drivers haven’t had to share the road with
school buses for a few months,” said Don Weir, the Company’s Director
of Passenger Safety and Compliance. “They’re not used to seeing the
flashing red lights and stop arms swinging out. We need everyone to be
aware that when those amber lights come on, the bus is going to stop
and there are kids up ahead that may be crossing the road.”
STA and STC serve more than 200 school districts in the U.S. and
Canada, transporting over 600,000 students to and from school each day.
“Done right, student transportation can actually enhance the
educational process because for most students, the first step in
education is their first step on the bus,” said the Company’s Chief
Operating Officer Patrick Vaughan. “Our drivers focus on making the
ride to school a positive experience. We make sure they know just how
important their jobs really are. When drivers and aides care and show
compassion for students on the bus ride to school, they set the stage
for a productive educational experience.”
Because ensuring the safety of students are STA and STC’s top priority,
the company offers the following safety tips to students, parents and
Safety Tips for Students —
— Be on time for your school bus and never run after or next to a bus.
— If the windows are down on a hot day, keep your head and arms inside the
— Stay away from the Danger Zones. Areas within 10 feet to the front, back
and sides of a bus are considered the most dangerous spots.
— If you drop something near the bus, never bend down or crawl under the
bus to get it — ask your bus driver for help.
— If you must cross the street, always do so in front of the bus. Make
sure the red lights are flashing and walk in front of the crossing gate
arm that extends in front of the school bus.
— Pay attention. Listen and look both ways before stepping off the bus or
crossing the street. Don’t let sweatshirt hoods or headphones block your
vision or hearing.
Safety Tips for Parents —
— If you drop off or pick up your child at school, do not park in a bus
only zone. It may cause a collision and adds unnecessary risk to the
safety of kids walking through a danger zone area.
— Check your child’s clothing and backpack to make sure there are no loose
drawstrings or long straps that could get caught in the handrail or bus
— Make sure your child gets to the bus stop on time. The beginning of the
school year holds a greater risk of students rushing to make their bus,
since many have to get up earlier than they’re used to.
Safety Tips for Motorists —
— Stop at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from a school bus that has its red
lights flashing and stop arm extended.
— Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop
when the red lights are flashing. In most states, vehicles moving in the
opposite direction are also required to stop, unless a concrete barrier
divides the road.
— Never pass a school bus on the right side, where children enter or exit.
“Passing a school bus while loading and unloading students is illegal,”
Weir said. “The flashing red lights and stop-arm are obvious signals
for motorists to stop and are there for a reason. Today’s drivers have
more distractions in their vehicles than ever before. People have to
understand that they cannot drive distracted and be safe.”
Last year Student Transportation Inc.’s company-wide Safety Council
expanded the company’s safety program, adding extensive driver training
courses including programs on anti-bullying and autism education, and
completed the installation of stop-arms on every bus, whether a state
required them or not.
About Student Transportation
Founded in 1997, Student Transportation Inc. (TSX:STB) (Nasdaq:STB) is
North America’s third-largest and most progressive provider of school
bus transportation services, operating more than 9,000 vehicles.
Student Transportation’s family of local companies deliver safe,
reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions to school
districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services are delivered by
drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers and
others who are caring members of their local communities. For more
information, please visit www.rideSTBus.com.