National Express Corporation promotes National School Bus Safety Week
National Express Corporation (NEC), a leader in student transportation, has been promoting safety awareness during National School Bus Safety Week, 20–24 October.
This year’s industry-wide public education campaign - “At my stop, You Stop!” - has highlighted the important role that motorists play in school bus safety. The theme has called on the public to observe stop arm laws and use extra caution when driving near school buses.
NEC teamed up with local law enforcement agencies throughout the country to help crack down on stop arm violations. This effort includes bus drivers writing down the license plate of those who break the stop arm law, and notifying the police of specific stops where there is a high volume of violators.
NEC has taken the opportunity to remind motorists, students, and parents, of some important school bus safety tips.
- You must stop for a school bus when its stop arm is extended and the bus lights are flashing
- Use extra caution when driving near school buses or in a school zone
- Stay out of the “Danger Zone” by keeping ten giant steps away from the bus at all times
- Cross in front of the bus crossing gate and always remain in sight of the driver
- Be alert around school buses; don’t text, talk on mobile phones or have headphones or ear buds in while at the bus stop
Michele McDermott, Senior Vice President of Safety at NEC said "At NEC, safety is our top priority - from our bus drivers and monitors, all the way up to our leadership team. That’s why we make it our job to continue educating students and the public about the importance of observing school bus safety.
"Our primary goal is to provide the safest transportation possible for our students and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. National School Bus Safety Week is just one more way we can encourage everyone to use extra caution around school buses."
School buses are one of the safest modes of transportation on the road. To further increase the safety of its buses, the company’s buses are equipped with electronic fleet management systems that offer GPS services, enhanced pre-and-post trip bus inspection procedures, and child-check assistance to ensure no sleeping children are left on the bus.