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Rochester students receive hands-on bus safety training

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — It’s National Bus Safety Week and Rochester kids are learning all about bus safety.

Students at Folwell Elementary were able to not only learn about bus safety in the classroom Wednesday, but get hands on training from bus drivers.

Folwell Elementary 5th grade students Ahdab Tawfeeg Salman (Right) and Carina Passman-Smith (Left).

“We learned how to open windows and where the emergency exists are,” said 5th grade students Ahdab Tawfeeg Salman and Carina Passman-Smith.

According to school bus transportation company First Student, students go through bus safety from kindergarten to the 10th grade. The students learn about danger zones and how to behave on a bus so the driver is not distracted.

New at First Student this year, a camera is being added to the side of its buses to capture vehicles in violation of the stop-arm. Additionally, local law enforcement is working on updating the stop-arm violation complaint process as well as implementing proactive efforts such as an officer riding the bus and witnessing first hand what is occurring. On top of that, an officer will also follow up on all reported violations.

First Student Location Manager Jon Goetz said the safety of the students is extremely important.

First Student Location Manager Jon Goetz.

“We’re taking our most precious cargo, kids, it’s our responsibility to get your kids to and from school safely bottom line and that’s a part of it. That stop arm and stopping for that stop arm is a part of that safety.”

Gates added bus drivers report to him about five to ten stop-arm violations a week. He believes educating drivers is important in reducing violations.

Recommended Tips for Drivers:

  1. When backing out a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children.
  2. Slow down and watch for children walking in the street.
  3. Be alert
  4. Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state.

Ubah Ali

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