Transport for NSW kicked off the inaugural Bus Safety Week, from 1-7 October, this year with a cute campaign for older primary school kids. All about looking out for each other and being bus safety aware, kids were invited to be a Bus Safety 007 Agent, invite their friends to join in and carry out the mission of bus safety.
Bus Safety Week | the scary stuff
- 122 school aged pedestrians were injured in bus-related crashes between 2010 and 2014 (including fatalities)
- 96 of these accidents occurred during school travel times
- 26 of these accidents were kids in Years 5-6 – you know, the time when they start to get a little more independence
- the majority of these incidents involved school kids running across the road or emerging from behind a parked car
- school pick up time is the peak time for bus-related accidents
- not surprisingly, a large amount of incidents occurred at locations without traffic signals or traffic controls like zebra crossings.
Bus Safety Week | The Check List
A great list of tips and tricks to keep your kids safe when travelling by bus. To be honest, many adults could do with these tips too!
- Stop, Look, Listen, Think for cars, trucks and other buses when crossing the road at your bus stop
- Don’t stand too close to the kerb when waiting for the bus
- Don’t push in line while getting onto the bus
- Make sure you sit down in available seats swiftly once on board the bus
- Put your bag on your lap or under the seat, not in the aisle where others could potentially trip over
- Stay in your seat until the bus comes to a complete stop
- Don’t be distracted by friends and technology when exiting the bus and crossing the road
- Use pedestrian crossings and lights when crossing roads to catch or leave the bus
Boyo is starting high school next year, and will be catching a bus to and from school. He’s not phased by it, but, um, his mama was. Having this information has really helped me. Oh and Boyo too!
Have you had the bus safety discussion with your kids?