National School Bus Safety Week Focuses on Danger Zone Awareness
WISCONSIN SCHOOL BUS ILLEGAL PASSING SURVEY DAY IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
May 9 - A teen was headed off the bus when a car whizzed by on the door side. The driver was able to yank him back into the bus. Those terrifying moments were caught on surveillance cameras.
Wisconsin is participating in the National Stop Arm Violation Count on Wednesday, May 8th.
Please plan to participate in this important survey that is used to influence legislation regarding safety around the school bus.
Note: Your organization may perform the survey on an alternate date that may work better. The main concern is participation in the survey. The only provision is that itmust be done prior to May 29.
Since the advent of the survey, NASDPTS has seen state initiatives to improve motorist education about school bus stopping laws. There have also been changes in state legislatures to increase penalties, improve enforcement, and authorize the use of photo evidence to issue citations. The survey data has been instrumental in documenting a continuing need for greater safety countermeasures at the state and national level, including NHTSA's commitment to a targeted national safety campaign. We are requesting your assistance in this important survey.
On MAY 8th, please have your organization's school bus drivers observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses, using the form below Even drivers who have no “pass-by’s” on the day of the survey should turn in the form so that we can get accurate data on how many pass-by’s occur per day per bus.
School bus drivers should use thisDRIVER FORM.(Word) It may be modified as needed.
Please instruct 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 pay particular attention to the bottom of the form where they are instructed to“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.”
Drivers would then submit their reports to the Transportation Manager/Supervisor after their routes.
Transportation Manager/Supervisor: Please compile the data using this SUMMARYSPREADSHEET (Excel) and then upload the totals to the ONLINE SURVEYno later an Friday, May 19.
ADDITIONALLY - PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THE SUMMARY WORKSHEET TOCHERIE HIME AT WSBA.
Thank you for participating in this very important survey.
Contact Cherie Hime, WSBA, with any questions. (608) 514.5470.