In school districts and at contractors' locations throughout Missouri and all across the U.S., the third week of October is recognized as National School Bus Safety Week, and it is a week to celebrate and honor the dedicated professionals who play such a critical roll in school bus safety as they drive our nation's future every day...a time to show the school bus drivers just how much they are appreciated.. 

A wide variety of activities will be planned, from in-school training for kids to breakfasts, lunches and gifts for the men and women who safely get those kids to and from school each day. 

Stacy Williams, Transportation Manager at Farmington R-7 School District, found a unique way to let her drivers -- and the entire community -- know how important school bus safety is and how much her school bus drivers are appreciated.  Below is the content of an email that we received from Stacy.

Just sharing a little something because I'm so excited!!!    As you know, I'm always trying to think outside the box; well this year I did.    I contacted our local advertising and asked them to promote school bus safety on the electric billboard as you come into Farmington.   Surprisingly they said YES they would.   OMG!!!!   So, on Monday and Tuesday they are going to advertise school bus safety week on the billboard.   I attached the billboard sign of what it is going to look like.    I was so excited and wanted to share with someone that would appreciate how important this is for the community to see.    Yes the sign is in Farmington but anyone that will see this sign from local or out of town will think about school buses safety and maybe more cautious.  HOW COOL IS THIS!!!!  Hope you have a great weekend!!

Stacy L. Williams
Transporttion Manager
Farmington R-7 School District

That was the mock-up from Lamar Advertising.  Here's the actual billboardl...a wonderful reminder, day and night.    Thanks, again, Stacy, for sharing this with our readers.


















"DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened"


On January 18, 2011, a 6-year-old Callaway County, Missouri boy was run over and killed by his own school bus after getting off the bus at his home.  A Missouri State Highway Patrol report on the accident concluded that the bus driver did not wait long enough after the student got off to clear the area around the bus before he set the bus in motion again. 

One year to the day after the accident, the 78-year-old bus driver, who had pled guilty two months earlier to second degree involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to four years in prison.  However, the judge suspended the sentence, and placed the driver on five years' probation.  He cannot drive any vehicle, let alone a school bus, and must perform 100 hours of community service, speaking to area bus drivers about school bus safety.  The victim's grief-stricken parents did not want to see the driver spend time behind bars.  Instead, they wanted to use the tragedy to educate bus drivers and riders on the potential hazzards so that no other family would have to suffer the loss of a child.  Members of the victim's family said the case was not about revenge, but about preventing something like this from happening again.

The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation (M.A.P.T.) in cooperation with the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) has produced a video about the North Calloway accident, entitled "DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened." 

M.A.P.T. wishes to thank the MSBA for allowing us to post a link to the video, as a means of educating school bus professionals and the general public of the possible tragic consequences of distraced driving. 

To view the video, click here

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