While school buses remain incredibly safe, we all know that students who ride buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the “danger zone.” Kansas is assisting the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) in coordinating a national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. That data will help improve safety countermeasures at the state or national level.
We are enlisting your assistance in this important project. On Wednesday April 13, 2016, please have your district’s school bus operators observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses, using the attached form.
Please instruct them to pay particular attention to the instructions and safety precautions. As always, their primary duty is to the safety of their students. Please have your drivers note the criteria at the bottom of the form to ensure they report only illegal passes that occur while the bus driver is stopped with red warning lights flashing and stop arm(s) deployed in full compliance with our state training and procedures. Different from previous years, this year’s count focuses exclusively on individual vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses, regardless of whether multiple vehicles pass at the same stop.
As has been the practice in the past we will have each District enter their own data compiled from the Individual Driver Report Forms directly into the survey which is located at the following link:
Please collect your district’s results and report them no later than April 27, 2016.
Optional Driver Report Form and EXCEL Spreadsheet are provided to assist in compiling your district's numbers.
Driver Report Form
EXCEL Spread Sheet for District Use
Thank you for your help with this important initiative.
To view Survey Results from 2015 click here
To view Survey Results from 2014 click here
To view Survey Results from 2013 click here.
Under Kansas law, the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching such school bus when the flashing red lights are in operation. The driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion and the flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are no longer actuated.
School bus drivers activate the warning lights (amber lights) prior to activating the red flashing lights and stop arm allowing drivers time to slow down and stop. The public should be aware that anytime they see a school bus with its warning system activated they are in close proximity of school children.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Best Practices Guide for Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses
Resolution form the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Service (NASDPTS) to conduct a nation-wide one-day survey in each state for persons illegally passing a stopped school bus.
NASPDTS Resolution (PDF)
Links to Public Service Announcements (PSA) can be found on our Safety Materials web page.
School Bus Safety Director
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Senior Administrative Assistant