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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- With spring finally here, children are out at bus stops playing around and may not be paying attention. NHTSA just put out a report on school transportation fatalities. According to its report, an average of about 12 school-age pedestrians were killed in a school transportation-related crash per year. The majority of those crashes happened between 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. The danger zone is 10 feet in front, behind, and on each side of the school bus.

Here are some safety tips for children to follow:

  • Wait until the driver says to board
  • Sit facing forward in your seat
  • Once off the bus, cross in front
  • Make sure your loose items are secure

Many of us wonder why there are no seat belts on school buses. Studies show that the compartmentalization in heavy, large buses, closely spaced seats with energy absorbing seat backs, provide protection. School buses are approximately seven times safer than cars.

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