WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Research shows more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. Two were hit in Texas just this month after getting off the school bus. Most children who lose their life in bus-related accidents are four to seven years old and are walking. The National Safety Council shows that most of the time, children are either hit by the bus or killed by a driver illegally passing a stopped bus.
It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a bus that is stopped to load or unload children. The loading and unloading area is called the danger zone. It's a blind spot extending 10 to 15 feet around the bus, where children are at risk of not being seen by oncoming traffic. Experts say distracted driving is also to blame for the majority of these accidents.
"It's the increase of every driver having a cell phone nowadays. The school bus is the single safest way to travel but it isn't if the people in front of it and behind it aren't paying attention."
"Drivers in school zones are strictly prohibited from having cell phone devices. There is no cell phone or text more important then our children's safety."