School buses among safest modes of transportation

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Reporter - Julie Collins
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. — Following a tragic bus accident, many have questioned school bus safety.

Here are the facts: about 440,000 busses carry 24 million children more than 4.2 billion miles a year with an average of about six deaths per year. That's just .02 fatal accidents per 100 million miles traveled compared to passenger cars with 1.5 fatalities and light trucks with 1.3.

Buses across our region are equipped with fire extinguishers, first aid kits, two-way radios and emergency procedure manuals and each driver is given a handbook.

The state mandates 50 hours of training for new bus drivers plus school districts across the country hold training sessions where even experienced drivers need eight hours of additional training every year. They also give new drivers at least three supervised drives a year but for Transportation Director Jason Riley, it's an important investment.

"We breathe a sigh of relief every morning when they get here and when they get home safe," he said.

For more information on bus safety and training, click here.

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