Durham School Services and Petermann Promote National School Bus Safety Week

WARRENVILLE, Ill., Oct. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Durham School Services and Petermann, leaders in student transportation, are advocating for safety awareness during National School Bus Safety Week, which is Oct. 22-26. This year's theme, "I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me!" highlights the importance of keeping children safe outside the school bus, especially when boarding or exiting.

In leading this industry-wide safety education effort, Durham and Petermann remind both students and parents of important school bus safety tips.

Students riding a school bus should always:

  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early
  • Stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it's okay before stepping onto the bus
  • Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus

Students crossing the street should always:

  • Walk in front of the bus, and never walk behind the bus
  • Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 giant steps ahead of the bus
  • Be sure the bus driver can see them, and they can see the bus driver
  • Wait for the driver's signal to cross the street

Things parents should know about school bus safety:

  • School buses are the safest form of highway transportation
  • The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus
  • The "Danger Zone" is the area where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (within 10 feet of the front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child; within 10 feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver's blind spot; and behind the bus)

National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. The annual event is held during the third week in October each year, and is an excellent way for everyone – parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.

"Safety is one of our core values, and there is nothing more important than getting our students to school safe, on time and ready to learn, and back home to their families every day," said Bob Trinkleback, vice president of Safety for Durham and Petermann. "National School Bus Safety Week is a meaningful platform to deliver that message and remind students, parents and motorists to always use extra caution around school buses."

Blaine Krage
Office: 630.821.5635
Cell: 630.210.6536

About our company

Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann make up National Express Corporation (NEC) , headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in student transportation, NEC is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Durham (United States), Stock (Canada) and Petermann (Ohio) together operate more than 20,000 buses and serve 450 school districts in 32 states and four provinces. Our success rests with our dedicated employees who live our mission: "Getting kids to school safe, on time, and ready to learn."

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Source: Durham School Services