The danger zone is an area around the bus where the driver may not be able to see. It extends 10 feet from each side and 10 to 15 feet
from the front and back, depending on the type of the bus. This area is where a child would be in danger of being injured or killed.
Being the parents of a junior in high school we had been putting a child on a school bus for many years, yet we had never heard of the
danger zone. In august of 2004 we put all three of our children on the bus for the first time.
Jason, 16, had been riding for many years.
Jeremiah, 8, was on his second year, and Jacob,6, was riding for the first time.
On December 16 Jason was at home sick so just the
two little ones were on the bus. Jacob never made it
home. He was killed when he was run over by his own bus.
After Jacob's death we learned about the danger zone, we also learned that most parents had never heard of the danger zone.
In July of
2007 we started traveling and speaking to bus drivers and driver trainers.
Telling Jacobs story and asking them to make sure every
child on their bus, and every parent the talked to knew about the danger zone.
We now also work with the kids in the schools.
We just want to make sure no other family has to go through what we have been through.
|For further information please check out this ebook
entitled "Death at the school bus stop" by James
Kraemer. Just click on the image to download.