Oct. 15 – 21, 2006, is National School Bus Safety Week; Laidlaw Education Services Would Like To Remind Motorists To “Stop For The Bus!”

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Nearly 24 million children ride school buses each day. October 15-21 is National School Bus Safety Week and Laidlaw Education Services, a leader in student transportation, would like to remind motorists to “Stop for the Bus!” Passing a stopped school bus with stop arm and front crossing gate extended and red lights flashing while children are boarding or unloading is illegal in all 50 states. Keep children safe as they ride to and from school. Always “Stop for the Bus!”

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With another school year in full swing, the safety experts at Laidlaw Education Services, North America’s largest student transportation company, would like to take a moment to recognize National School Bus Safety Week October 15-21, by reminding all motorists to “Stop for the Bus!”

One of the most frequent violations involving other vehicles on the road and school buses is the failure of motorists to stop when they encounter a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and stop arm and front crossing gate extended while boarding or unloading children.

Not only are motorists required by law to stop for school buses, they also must wait until the lights stop flashing, the stop arm and gate are retracted and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Violation of this law can put children boarding or leaving the school bus in danger.

At Laidlaw, the safety of the students we transport is our top priority. We want to thank our professional drivers for keeping our communities’ children safe. We have tremendous respect for the work they do and the responsibility they carry. We also want to recognize school administrators for their commitment to the safe transportation of their students.

As a leader in the student transportation industry, we realize the importance of reminding motorists of the school bus stop law to ensure the 24 million children who ride school buses each day can enjoy a safe trip to and from school.

Please join Laidlaw in urging all motorists—not only during National School Bus Safety Week but everyday—to “Stop for the Bus!”

Laidlaw Transit, Inc. d/b/a Laidlaw Education Services is North America’s largest provider of student transportation services operating in 37 states and 6 Canadian provinces. Headquartered in Naperville, Ill., Laidlaw has a modern fleet of more than 40,000 school buses and a daily passenger load of more than 2 million school children. More information can be found at http://www.laidlawschoolbus.com

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