Bus safety tips in wake of Caroline school bus accident

Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-01 11:21:14-05

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- Many parents found themselves in a situation they never wanted to experience after more than two dozen people were injured after a school bus flipped over on it's roof just outside Caroline High Schoolin Caroline County Friday afternoon.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said it happened after a student was pulling out from the school parking lot and hit the bus, causing it to roll over.

"That can be very sad and alarming, it seems like there have been more school bus crashes as of late," said Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Meade said every year about a half a million students ride more than 25 million school buses everyday.

Meade said every year there are 19 fatalities, and only six of those are students on the school bus.

Although she said that number is fairly low, one is one too many.

She offered safety tips when it comes to school buses.

"When you get on that bus, you want to sit down immediately, never stand on the bus, don't distract the bus driver," said Meade.

Some parents have advocated for seat belts on school buses, which isn't required in Virginia.

"All of the research to date has shown that seat belts really are not going to improve safety," said Meade.

Meade said that can be difficult for parents to hear, but said it is possible Friday's accident could spark more conversation.

"This is 2015, maybe it's time to take a look at that again," she said.



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