Safety Bits

A vehicle approaching from either direction must stop and remain stopped for school buses loading or unloading students when the alternating flashing red lights are activated. This applies in both city and rural areas. A vehicle on a highway divided into separate roadways is not required to stop upon meeting or passing a stopped school bus on a different roadway.

Our SISD students are required to stand in straight line while waiting for the bus to arrive.

A school district may not require or allow a child to stand on a school bus that is in motion.

Every 90 minutes a vehicle and train collide somewhere in the United States.

In 1996 there were 471 deaths and over 1,500 injuries in highway – rail grade crossing collisions in the United States. Texas leads the Nation in the number of fatalities at grade crossings, 55 deaths and 229 injuries.

Nationally 25% of all vehicles involved in grade crossing collisions strike the side of the rain. Over 50% of all collisions occur at grade crossing where lights or gates are installed. Nationally 472 people lost their lives and 467 people were injured trespassing on railroad right-of-way.

Here are a few links to other organizations involved in pupil transportation:

(fatality and injury data is from Federal Railroad Administration data)