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1 School Bus Driver Inservice What Went Wrong at Gray Summit?

2 School Bus Driver Inservice What we know… School bus transportation is the safest way for students to get to and from school Of school age children killed in crashes during school hours: 58% in cars driven by teenagers 23% in cars driven by adults 1% in school buses National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2

3 School Bus Driver Inservice Close to home…..Washington School buses traveled about 100 million miles 58 “driver at fault” collisions involving school buses School buses.58 vs all vehicles OSPI, Washington State Patrol, and Washington DOT data 3

4 School Bus Driver Inservice Washington 2013 Collisions: Of 58 “driver at fault” school bus collisions, the top four causes were: 19 failure to yield 11 driver inattention 4 following too closely 4 backing Washington State Patrol 4

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7 Fatalities: GMC pickup driver killed Student passenger killed 7

8 School Bus Driver Inservice Injuries: 35 passengers, both bus drivers and the Volvo tractor driver all injured 18 passengers were uninjured 8

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15 School Bus Driver Inservice Probable Causes First collision: GMC driver texting Second collision: lead school bus driver’s inattention and excessive focus on motor coach Third collision: driver’s following distance from the lead bus 15

16 School Bus Driver Inservice What did we learn? Top three safety issues according to NTSB: 1.Driver distraction due to portable electronic device 2.Inadequate focus on forward roadway 3.Inadequate following distance 16

17 School Bus Driver Inservice Summary Transportation is safest mode of travel for students to and from school. Three contributing factors identified by the National Transportation Safety Board. Scanning the external environment is important. 17

18 School Bus Driver Inservice Evaluation 1.What is the safest mode of transportation for students to and from school? School bus transportation 18

19 School Bus Driver Inservice Evaluation 2.List three contributing factors to the Gray Summit, MO collision. Driver distraction/texting Inadequate scanning forward roadway Inadequate following distance 19

20 School Bus Driver Inservice Evaluation 3.Why is proper scanning/glancing behavior important? Avoid fixation on objects, scanning whole environment 20


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