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October is National School Bus Safety Month

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School buses save hundreds of lives each year and are an important part of the education system. These amazing vehicles maximize the likelihood that school children will arrive at school safely, on time and ready to learn and will also return home safely at the end of the day. 

From all outward appearances, the school bus people see traveling down the road each morning looks pretty much the same as it always has – primarily because it’s still yellow. But, as we all know, today’s buses are safer, smarter, more connected and environmentally cleaner than ever before. GPS, telematics, digital video systems, school bus tracking apps, and other technology now provide actionable data that can enhance safety, increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

Nearly 500,000 school buses transport 25 million students to and from school each day, making school transportation the largest system of mass transit in America.  Lake Worth ISD transported 1,534 students last school year and drove over 160,000 miles.  We employ 30 bus drivers, 5 bus monitors, and 3 mechanics.  LWISD reported zero accidents with injury to the Texas Education Association for the 2018-2019 school year.  A survey from the US Department of Transportation concluded that 700 children are killed each year in a transportation accident. A study from the National Traffic Safety Administration states that your student is 70x’s safer on a school bus.  56,000,000 children travel to and from school each day, half of those children ride a school bus.  In addition to being the safest way for children to get to/home from school, our school buses also provide community benefits.

According to the statistics compiled by the American School Bus Council pursuant to a grant from NHTSA:

  • One school bus typically transports the same number of passengers as 36 cars.
  • School buses reduce traffic by keeping over 17 million cars off the road every school day, which saves approximately 62 billion miles of driving every year.
  • School buses save approximately 2.6 billion gallons of fuel each year.
  • Due to Environmental Protection Agency standards, school buses run cleaner than ever before. School buses prevent over 20 million tons of CO2 from being released into the environment each year. This is the consumption equivalent of about 330,000 tanker trucks of gasoline.
  • School buses are integral to disaster preparedness in many communities. They are often used to evacuate people in an emergency.
  • Since the first school bus designed to accommodate wheelchairs was built in 1957, the school bus has transported millions of students with special needs to and from school.

You may call the LWISD Transportation office for additional information regarding the safety of our school buses and our program, 817-306-4291.  Additional National information is also available at www.schoolbusfacts.com.