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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  and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) coordinate a national survey to determine the prevalence of the illegal passing of school buses. This data will help improve safety countermeasures at the state and national level.


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

Questions about this page contact:
Wilma Crabtree


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