East Texas School Districts Put Emphasis on Bus Safety

Lauren Williams's picture
Friday, August 31, 2012

A school bus crash Wednesday morning in Mount Pleasant that sent about 30 students and a bus driver to the hospital happened despite annual inspections and a “veteran” driver with no history of wrecks.

Although traffic fatalities data from 2000-09 released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows less than a half-percent of traffic fatalities were classified as school transportation-related, Wednesday’s crash was a reminder how fast a bus wreck can occur.

East Texas school districts report they have reasonably high hiring standards for their bus drivers and are responsible for maintaining annual state level inspections of their vehicles.

What’s more, many Gregg County schools report monthly, weekly and even daily inspections of their vehicles beyond the state regulated inspections.

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