School Bus Safety
Safety is the number one priority for every member of the Sunburst Transit team! Our entire team participates in regular scheduled safety meetings, random drug and alcohol testing to assure the safe transportation of our precious cargo.
Our buses are equipped with the latest safety technology available in the industry such as:
Global Positioning Satellite System:
The GPS system keeps track of the location of each bus at all times and monitors the various systems on the bus, such as checking how often its flashing red stop lights are activated. This provides a real-time record of school bus stops, which is important to school officials when it comes to knowing the exact times when school buses are making stops. Access through a password-protected Web site gives school officials secure access of the location and performance of their school bus fleet.
Sleeping child check monitor:
The system provides an electronic reminder requiring drivers to check the entire school bus for sleeping children at the end of each route.
Video cameras enhance pupil safety by deterring bad behavior. If an incident does occur, the on board surveillance cameras capture the action, and the recorded data can be used to identify who is at fault. Recordings also can be used to disprove fraudulent claims against drivers or riders.
The crossing gate is a devise attached to the front bumper that extends at least 70 inches from the bumper when fully extended to ensure that the bus drivers can see all students who are crossing in front of the bus.
Passive restraint system:
School buses are heavier and distribute crash forces differently than passenger cars and light trucks. Because of these differences, the crash forces experienced by occupants of buses are much less than that experienced by occupants of passenger cars, light trucksor vans. NHTSA decided that the best way to provide crash protection to passengers of large school buses is through a concept called “compartmentalization.” This requires that the interior of large buses provide occupant protection such that children are protected without the need to buckle-up. Through compartmentalization, occupant crash protection is provided by a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely-spaced 24” high padded seats that have energy-absorbing seat backs.
- The National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other authorities agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.
- Sunburst Transit operates by a set of safety, security, health and driver qualification guidelines that meet, and in some cases exceed, federal and state laws, and ensure that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for our nation’s schoolchildren.
- School bus drivers are highly trained professionals who have your child’s safety in mind. They receive specialized training in student behavior
- Drivers participate in pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing, as well as frequent driving record checks, and submit to background checks and periodic medical exams to keep their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a School Bus Endorsement.
- Safety features including the color and size of school buses, height, reinforced sides, flashing red lights, cross view mirrors, and crossing and stop sign
- Some 475,000 school buses carry 25 million children — more than half of America’s schoolchildren — each day, rarely with any serious accident.
more school bus information available at Blue-bird.com