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Back to school in Atlanta - time to review school bus safety with your child.

Every year, about 14 children are killed in pedestrian accidents involving school buses. Many times these accidents occur because the child could not be seen by the bus driver.  These safety rules can help keep your child safe at their Atlanta bus stop throughout the school year.
 
1.    Have your child carry all his belongings in a backpack or school bag.  That way, they won’t drop things and have to bend down to pick them up.  It is difficult for a driver to see a crouching child.
 
2.    Have your child wear bright, contrasting colors so they can be seen even on bad weather days.  Jackets and backpacks with reflectors are a good idea.
 
3.    Make sure they leave plenty of time to get to the bus stop without running. Running can be dangerous as children may fall or may not be able to stop for approaching traffic.
 
4.    Walk young children to the bus stops.  Encourage older children to go in groups. 
 
5.    Walk on the sidewalk, cross only at marked crosswalks and stay out of the street.
 
6.    Look left, right and let again before crossing streets.
 
7.    Do not allow your child roughhouse or to play running or pushing games at the bus stop or near the street. It is dangerous to do this near traffic.
 
8.    Make sure your child stays ten feet away from the road while waiting for the bus. Ten feet is about five giant child steps. 
 
9.    Tell children that if they drop something while getting on or off the bus, they should tell the driver and follow his instructions instead of bending down to get it.  The driver may not see a bent child.
 
10.    Children should look for traffic before stepping off the bus.  Impatient drivers will sometimes try to sneak around the right side of a parked school bus.
 
11.    Don’t allow your children to wear clothing or backpacks with loose drawstrings that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus while exiting.
 
12.    If you pick up your child at the school bus stop, wait on the side of the street where they will be dropped off and then walk them across the street.  Children are often so happy to see parents at the end of the day that they will dash across the street without looking.
 
13.    Your child should only cross in front of the school bus when the driver says it is safe.  He should never cross behind a school bus.
 
14.    Remind your child to stay seated while the bus is moving and to follow the instructions of the school bus driver.
 
15.    Finally, let your child know that they should report any bullying or problems on the bus to you and to the school.
 
The Atlanta accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith wish you and your children a safe and happy school year.  We hope you won’t need us, but if you are involved in an Atlanta car crash, you can contact our office at 770-HURT-999 at any time.  When you call, request our free guide, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia