OSHP promotes school bus safety

OSHP promotes school bus safety

As Ohio's kids head back to school, it's important to look at how they get there.

For many students, their day starts and ends by riding on a school bus.

From 2015-2017, 4,036 traffic crashes involving school buses were reported in Ohio.

Lucas County had 215 of those accidents, the fourth highest in the state.

Over the three-year period, crashes involving school buses killed four people and injured 875.

However, none of the people killed in these crashes were on a school bus.

In fact, only one person has been killed on a school bus in the last 10 years and none since 2010.

Ohio law requires the Ohio State Highway Patrol to conduct school bus inspections for the state.

Every bus used to transport pupils is inspected before the beginning of each school year and once randomly during the year.

As the buses start to return to the roadways, there are some things motorists should keep in mind.

From 2015 to 2017, a total of 4,198 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers.

Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed, and cannot resume driving until the school bus begins moving.

"Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility," said Lieutenant Bob Ashenfelter, commander of the Defiance Post. "Motorists should always exercise caution while children are boarding and exiting school buses."

The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops.

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