Greater than 51,000 autos illegally handed stopped faculty buses on a single day throughout the 2021-22 faculty yr whereas bus drivers participated within the annual Nationwide Affiliation of State Administrators of Pupil Transportation Companies (NASDPTS) survey.
The affiliation launched the outcomes of its tenth survey on unlawful passing, which yielded participation from 22% of the nation’s faculty bus drivers in 34 states.
In accordance with a NASDPTS information launch, extrapolation from the sampling of bus drivers means that motorists dedicated greater than 41.8 million violations throughout the 180-day faculty yr.
“These numbers, when adjusted for 100% of the varsity bus drivers throughout the nation, present that, sadly, unlawful passings of stopped faculty buses are at an epidemic stage,” mentioned Pat McManamon, NASDPTS president. “Too usually the protection of our nation’s youngsters is put into query just because motorists are both not paying consideration or are in a rush. That is merely unacceptable. Motorists should perceive the principles of the street and should comply with them each single day.”
The survey, which skipped 2020 and 2021 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent faculty closures, has been performed since 2011. It helps NASDPTS elevate consciousness amongst state and federal policymakers in the case of the necessity for elevated security countermeasures. A number of states have boosted penalties for violations, approved use of picture proof for issuing citations, or enacted different measures designed to discourage this harmful apply.
As the brand new faculty yr ramps up all through the nation, NASDPTS encourages state administrators, native faculty districts, regulation enforcement companies, legislators, and America’s motoring public to redouble their efforts to cut back the continuing menace to the protection of scholars posed by distracted driving and unlawful passing of college buses.
Initially posted on Faculty Bus Fleet