Fatal School Bus Accidents Lead to Petition to White House
USA- The miamiherald.com writes that several fatal crashes involving children at school bus stops have inspired a petition that is urging the federal government to take actions to increase bus stop safety. The petition was started “We The People,” which is the White House’s platform for petitioning the government.*
The petition is titled “Make bus stop safety a federal law.” The petition was started on October 31, 2018, following a deadly accident that killed three children in Indiana. The petition had acquired almost 3,000 signatures by Monday. The White House must respond to any petition that garners at least 100,000 signatures.
The last week of October and into the first week of November the U.S.saw several fatal crashes at school bus stops. The crash in Indiana killed a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers. A man struck a 9-year-old in Mississippi, and five children were hit in Tampa, Florida. A 7-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver while the boy was waiting for his school bus in Pennsylvania.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes thatbetween 2006 and 2015, 37 of the 102 school-aged pedestrians killed in school transportation-related accidents were killed by vehicles that were not the school bus. The data suggests that students are most at risk when they are trying to get to or from their school bus.
Laws regarding driving near a school bus vary by state, but in all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a school bus that hasits lights flashing and stop sign extended. However, the laws are not always easy for police to enforce.
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