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School Bus Involved in Collision on South Hidden Hills Parkway in DeKalb County, Georgia


December 08, 2019

DEKALB COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that a school bus crashed into a tree earlier this week in DeKalb County. The bus was carting nine students at the time of the accident.*

Reports indicate the students aboard the bus were from Woodridge Elementary School. At least one passenger sustained injuries in the collision. 

The DeKalb County Police Department is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash. 

Images from the scene show the school bus with bad damage to its front end. 

School buses are safer than any other motor vehicle. Not only are these buses designed to withstand forces in collisions, but they are also made to avoid crashes in the first place. Laws also work to protect school buses and encourage drivers around these vehicles to use caution. The bus’s stop sign arms are used to alert drivers of students getting on and off the bus and to prevent drivers from passing at this time. 

The safety features help to ensure that children are getting to and from school as safely as possible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when kids ride a school bus to school, they have a 70 times greater chance of getting to their destination safely than if they took a car. Even the safest vehicle on the road could be safer. Some efforts have attempted to make seatbelts mandatory on school buses. However, many experts say that seatbelts would add little to the safety of these buses and that the resources to make these buses safer would be better spent on other features. Buses sometimes have cameras that can catch drivers who violate the stop sign arm. Since students are most at risk when getting on and off the bus, this feature may do more to protect children than seatbelts would.

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Source:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/school-bus-crash-south-hidden-hills-parkway/85-d115fff3-9a6e-4478-8849-107d4f66ad90 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety and https://www.napt.org/Files/Advocacy/NCSL%20School%20Bus%20Safety%20LegisBrief%20Dec%202018.pdf

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