According to government statistics approximately 45 pedestrians are killed annually nationwide every year in school bus/pedestrian accidents. Of those accidents about 80% of the pedestrians killed are students. 2/3 of the total number of fatalities are struck by the front of the bus. During the last two years, two children in Washington have died after being run over by the front wheels of a bus.
In an attempt to lower the number of school bus/pedestrian accidents, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia have mandated the use of crossing control arms mounted to the front of all school buses. When extended the force students to walk at least five feet in front of the bus, which keeps the students within the bus driver’s view.
I would encourage you to contact your local school board, councilman or legislature and request that Tennessee join this group of states. Nothing would make me happier than to never have another parent in my office morning the loss of a child. This is one more way we can keep that from happening.