School buses are known to be the safest method of transporting kids to school—70 times safer than traveling by car. School bus design improvements and a variety of safety products and technologies all contribute to helping school buses maintain this distinction. Industry insight gathered on safety incidents involving school buses, however, shows that being outside of the bus, in the “Danger Zone,” poses the highest risk to children.
First Student has been Fairfield, Connecticut’s Public Schools’ student transportation provider for more than 20 years. While the district performs its own bus routing, in the summer of 2017, Fairfield hired First Student’s Planning Solutions group, a dedicated team of routing experts, to conduct a comprehensive study of its route plan.
With NHTSA, NASDPTS, and now the NTSB calling for seat belts on new school buses, more districts than ever are getting onboard. Whether you’re just beginning to think about adding lap-shoulder belts, you’re on the verge of taking the plunge, or you’ve already upgraded and need a usage policy to get the most out of them, there’s someone you should meet.