While school buses remain incredibly safe, we all know that students are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the “danger zone.” Nebraska is assisting the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) in coordinating a national survey to document illegal passing of school buses. The data will help improve safety countermeasures at the state and national level.
On Tuesday, May 10, please have your district’s school bus operators observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses, using the attached form. Even drivers who have no “pass-by’s” on the day of the survey should turn in the form so that we can get accurate data on how many pass-by’s occur per day per bus.
Please instruct drivers to pay particular attention to the instructions and safety precautions. As always, their primary duty is to the safety of their students. Please have your drivers note on the bottom of the form that they are to report only illegal passes that occur while the bus driver is stopped with red warning lights flashing and stop arm(s) deployed in full compliance with our state training and procedures.
Please compile your district’s results and report them no later than May 27 through the NASDPTS Survey through the following link: