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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 the 2014 national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. This data will help improve safety countermeasures at the state or national level.

 

We are asking for your assistance in this important project. On Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Please have your district’s school bus drivers observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses using the Individual Driver Report Form.

 

Please instruct bus drivers 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 Individual Driver Report 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:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014LOCALStopArmsSurvey

 

Please enter your district’s results no later than April 22, 2014.

  

Optional EXCEL Spreadsheet to assist in compiling districts numbers.

 

To view Survey Results from survey last year (2013) click here.

 

Thank you for your help with this important initiative.

 

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 legal 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
785-296-4567
785-296-6659 (fax)
kdreiling@ksde.org

Questions about this page contact:
Wilma Crabtree
785-296-3551
wcrabtree@ksde.org

Deb Romine
785-296-3570
dromine@ksde.org

 

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