School Bus Danger Zones
Know Where Danger Exists When Riding the School Bus
The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus. Published figures from the Kansas Department of Transportation and other sources
indicate that pupil fatalities and injuries in the loading and unloading zone continue to occur. In 2005-06, there were 13 fatality accidents involving K-12 school children in or around the loading or unloading areas of a school bus or transit bus. Of the 13 fatalities, 7 occurred behind the bus and 6 were killed by a passing motorist. Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
The loading and unloading area is called the “Danger Zone”.
The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most
danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may
be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the
driver’s blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).