Keeping students safe on the school bus

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s back to school for Waterbury children.

School bus drivers described the first day back on road. “There was a lot of traffic out there, extreme traffic. A lot of parents went too, even though they got their kids on the bus, they went to the school just to make sure their kids made it safely to school,” said Mayra Alejandro, School Bus Driver for All Star Transportation.

Parents tell News 8 they gave their kids a lesson in safety before riding the bus.

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“We have four of them on the bus and it is really nerve-racking. My youngest is in kindergarten and I tell them all the time ‘you wait right at the bus stop, you do not go near the street at all,” Sandra Macary.

Bus drivers say kids need to look out for the danger zones around the school bus because there are blind spots. Brenda Bass, Safety Supervisor with All Star Transportation, said, “they should be standing at least ten feet back from the curb, visible clothing, make sure they wait until the driver nods for them to come to the bus. That way we know all the cars have stopped and it’s safe for them to move.”

Bus drivers say they deal with many challenges on the roadway.

“Construction, traffic, miss a turn and we always want to get them safe to their stop,” said Alejandro.  As for drivers, she says,  “they need to respect our lights when they see amber lights that means yellow, that means start slowing down, when they see red that means stop.”

Macary adds, “watch the road, and have some respect for the drivers and the kids because these are people’s babies on the bus.”

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