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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases School-Transportation-Related Crash Fact Sheet


The safe transportation of our nation’s children to and from school has become a national movement in recent years, with national safety initiatives and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership being established, among other non-profit organizations. These groups aim to foster the safe transportation of school children in a variety of ways.

This includes giving parents a voice, and school officials and local leaders the tools to place traffic guards, intelligent warning systems and advanced technologies in highly trafficked school zones.

Students waiting to cross the street

Yet, after all these focused national and local efforts, there is still room for improvement — as shown in a fact sheet released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Center for Statistics and Analysis.

The compiled data focuses on school transportation-related crashes from 2005 through 2014 and defines those crashes as accidents involving a school bus or non-school bus functioning as a school bus.

Below are some key findings published in the fact sheet:

  • 304 school-age children (18 and younger) died in a school transportation-related crash between 2005 and 2014
  • The two most deadly hours for school-age pedestrians were 7 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Of the 111 school-aged pedestrians who died in school transportation-related crashes:
    • 61 percent were struck by school buses
    • 36 percent by other motor vehicles
    • 3 percent by vehicles functioning as school buses
  • In total, 1,332 people of all ages were killed in school transportation-related crashes between 2005 and 2014, averaging 133 fatalities per year
  • Of those deaths:
    • 71 percent were occupants of other motor vehicles involved
    • 21 percent were considered non-occupants (bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.)
    • 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles

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