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Bus Stop Safety Tips For Your Child

Aug. 8, 2012

The end of summer is coming upon us, which means it is time for Colorado children to head back to school. Before the school year begins, it is important that parents and children understand how dangerous a bus stop can be.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, an average of 19 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year. Data also shows that most of these auto accidents tend to happen as children are either boarding or exiting the bus.

Two years ago, a 12-year-old Denver boy had his foot amputated after it was run over by a school bus he was attempting to catch. More recently, according to ABC 7 News, three Jefferson County teenagers were struck by a school bus as they tried to cross the street this past February. So, what can a parent do to prevent their child from being involved in a bus stop accident?

Discuss the following important aspects of bus stop safety:

–          Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before leaving your seat.

–          Wait for the bus driver to signal to cross the street.

–          Look both ways twice before crossing the street.

–          Always exit from the front of the bus.

–          Avoid talking to strangers at the bus stop.

–          Avoid horseplay on and around the bus.

The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm hope these tips help you get the school year started right!

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