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FRAZIER: Tips for Preventing School Bus Accidents

Published at 04:00 on Saturday August 20, 2022

Lisa Castle went to elementary school with me and was part of my Girl Scout troop.

She and I also lived relatively close to each other, so we took the same school bus to and from Jett Elementary School.

At the time, my friend’s parents didn’t drive their children to school; we rode the big yellow dog.

The only time I remember my mom driving me to school was when I was held up in the bathroom trying to do my hair and couldn’t make it. on time at our bus stop.

However, that was only if she couldn’t take me to another part of the neighborhood where the bus hadn’t arrived yet.

During my high school years, there was also no limit on the number of children allowed to ride the bus. Or at least it didn’t seem so.

The bus that picked up and dropped us off, the kids, in the Marion Park area was loaded – loaded to the point that there were times when some kids, including me, were relegated to standing in the aisle.

And the kids think they’re having a hard time today.

It was difficult trying to balance textbooks, lunch box and whatever else you needed for school, while standing as the bus sped down the road.

If you were lucky and didn’t have homework that required bringing books home, you could at least hold on to one of the seats.

So back to Lisa Castle.

One afternoon our bus was on its way to take us home after a hot day at school – back then we had no air conditioning in the classrooms, let alone the bus.

We were about to turn off Cain Ridge Road onto Columbia Avenue when there was a commotion in the back of the bus.

That day, I was standing near the front and couldn’t see what was going on.

Well, what was happening, I found out later, was that Lisa Castle had fallen out the back door of the bus and was lying on the road.

Fortunately, the car behind the bus did not follow too closely, avoiding an even more serious situation.

And luckily, Lisa Castle didn’t suffer any debilitating injuries. After recovering from a minor head injury, she returned to school.

This afternoon has always remained in my memory. I don’t know if there were any changes to the school bus rules after the accident. I’m sure there were, but as a young child you don’t always correlate changes to particular incidents.

Now that school has started and buses are back on the road, and because I know someone firsthand who has been in a school bus accident, I thought I’d share some safety tips for drivers who were listed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

  • When exiting a driveway or garage, watch out for children walking or biking to school.
  • When driving through neighborhoods with school zones, be aware of young people who may be thinking of going to school, but who may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • To slow down. Watch out for children walking on the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • To be fowarding something. Children who arrive late for the bus may rush down the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state, as well as the “flashing traffic light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists to actions in progress:
    • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is about to stop to pick up or drop off children. Motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop their vehicle.
    • Red flashing lights and stop arms extended indicate that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their car and wait for the red lights to stop flashing, the extended stop arm to be removed, and the bus to begin moving before they can start moving again.

In the past month, two accidents involving vehicles and school buses have been reported locally. Let’s all be careful on the road, especially during school bus pick-up and drop-off times.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.

Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.

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