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Study Finds School Buses Among the Safest Modes of Travel

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

August 19, 2004

Florida’s schoolchildren may well be safer aboard a school bus than on almost any other mode of transportation: That’s the conclusion of a study just released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

With the cooperation of Florida’s Departments of Education and Transportation, researchers from DHSMV’s Office of Management Research and Development analyzed school bus crash reports from the five-year period that ended December 31, 2002.

During that period, as ridership grew to more than 2.5 million, Florida reported six fatalities associated with school buses. Two of the students perished while aboard buses. The others were killed while getting on or off a bus. In addition, 56 suffered injuries serious enough for them to be transported from the scene of the crash.

“Overall,” the study concluded, “school bus transportation has proven to be a safe mode of travel for students to and from school.”

However, the study also called for continuing research into school buses’ construction and safety equipment, and for more attention to enhancing the safety of pupils getting on and off school buses.

“There have been numerous advances in school bus safety in recent years,” said DHSMV Executive Director Fred O. Dickinson. “However, parents who entrust their children to school transportation have a right to expect the state to continue to take every reasonable step to minimize risk. School buses, after all, carry our most precious cargo.”

This report, titled School Bus Safety Report, can be accessed on-line. Go to www.flhsmv.gov and click on “Statistics and Studies.”

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