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National School Bus Illegal Passing Survey

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 and national level.

We are enlisting your assistance in this important project. On Wednesday April 19, 2017, please have your district’s school bus operators observe and report all instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses.

School bus drivers should pay particular attention to our examples in our information and examples document. As always, their primary duty is to the safety of their students. Please ensure your drivers report only illegal passes that occur while the school bus is stopped with red warning lights flashing and stop arm(s) deployed in full compliance with state law.

As has been the practice in the past we will have each district or company enter their own data compiled from their collection method directly into the survey which is located at the following link:

Please enter your district or company results no later than April 28, 2016.

Stop Arm Violation Survey Information & Examples

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 or company use.

Thank you for your help with this important initiative.


To view Survey Results from 2016 click here

To view Survey Results from 2015 click here

To view Survey Results from 2014 click here

To view Survey Results from 2013 click here.



Information & Best Practice Guide

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
Keith Dreiling
785-296-6659 (fax)

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate

Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Wilma Crabtree

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