WBRE/WYOU-TV) About 1.5 million kids ride school buses in Pennsylvania every day.
Parents put their trust in bus drivers to get them there safely.
This week is National Bus Safety Week and Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead learns what’s being done to ensure students’ safety.
Before the sun comes up parents put their children’s safety into the hands of others to make sure they get to and from school. Their safety on those busses begins long before they head to the bus stop.
“We just make sure we do our pre-trip bus inspections inside and out. And just to make sure the bus is in proper working order on a daily basis. To ensure the safety of our students.” Said John Cruger, Bus Driver North Pocono School District.
“You open the door and that’s when the red light will come on.” added Mike Berk, Executive Director Pennsylvania School Bus Association
“We do education training, we do online webinar and we can have anywhere from the contractors themselves to there hiring people to their mechanic’s”
Operators say there’s stuff you can do at home to ensure your children’s safety on the school bus.” “We have ten emergency exits on our school bus,” said Aaron Sepkowski, Owner Pocono Transportation
“Educate the student. Educate them on how to behave on the bus, the importance of sitting down in the bus, the importance of paying attention to the drivers’ instructions and be aware,” added Sepkowski,
The legislation is constantly updated to ensure the safety of students once they are on the road.
Sepkowski added “It will allow us to use stop arm cameras which will again, have technology take over that task. It will snap pictures and we can use it for legal cases against them.”
But it’s not just bus drivers responsible for these student’s safety – it’s all motorists.
“When you see a school bus and the warning lights with the stop lights on, please obey them, stop and give us a break,” noted Cruger.
PennDOT says.. if you violate the school “bus stop sign law”.. you face a 250-dollar fine.. and a 60 day license suspension