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:
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.