Drivers should beware of school bus safety zones.
Many Fort Worth children are heading back to school this week and over the next couple of weeks. As schools opened last year, between Aug. 14 and Sept. 30, MedStar crews responded to 19 pediatric auto-pedestrian crashes involving students aged 6-18.
Fifteen patients were transported to area hospitals. Nine of these incidents occurred between 7:30 and 9 a.m. or between 3 and 6 p.m.
It’s been many months since drivers have seen kids walking to school or waiting at the bus stop. So drivers, kids and parents are encouraged to use caution as schools reopen for in-person learning.
MedStar Mobile Healthcare provided these tips for students riding the bus:
Waiting for the bus: Be there on time. Stand back and wait for the door to open.
Riding the bus: Stay in your seat. Keep yourself and all your stuff inside the bus. Obey the bus driver.
Getting off the bus: Use the handrails. Stand where the driver can see you. Watch for the bus driver to signal you before crossing. Wait for the bus driver to tell you it’s OK to pick up anything you may have dropped.