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6 Ways to Keep Kids Safe on the School Bus

8:32 AM, Nov 8, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLe, Fla. -- Following the First Coast News investigation into illegal passers, Good Morning Jacksonville dedicated the 6 a.m. hour Tuesday to school bus safety awareness.

Here are some ways to keep kids safe on and off the school bus:

  • School Bus Rules: If there is no median, all vehicles are required to stop in both directions once the school bus puts the stop signs up. If there is a median and some kind of barrier in between that is more than 5 feet, then only the traffic moving on the same side as the school bus is required to stop.
  • Wear Seat Belts: Parent should remind kids every day before they leave they need to wear their seat belt to protect themselves. Many students did not put their seat belts on during our investigation, even though they're required to.
  • Avoid the "Danger Zone": Children are most vulnerable getting on and off the school bus, when they're 3 to 5 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. The "danger zone" is 10 feet from where the bus is going to stop. Children should stand 5 giant steps, or 10 feet, away from that area.
  • Wait For Bus Driver to Give the "All Clear": Children should use extra caution when crossing the street and wait for the bus driver to wave and let them know it is safe to cross. Also, parents should to remind children that if they drop something, they should not try to retrieve it. Things can be replaced, children can't.
  • Contact JSO to Report Bad Drivers: If you witness a particular area where drivers are reckless around a school bus stop, contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (904) 630-0500. Officers must see a violation to enforce it, but they can ride along the school bus route to make sure everyone is driving safe.
  • School Bus Cameras Bill: A Florida Senator is trying to pass a bill for school bus cameras that's similar to red light cameras. Click here to view the bill. If you support the mesaure, you can contact Sen. Oscar Braynon via Facebook or Twitter.

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