2017 National School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginia children is essential to the happiness and well-being of the Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, public transportation helps thousands of Virginia’s children arrive safely to and from school each day; and

WHEREAS, in the Commonwealth, there are approximately 15,500 school bus operators transporting approximately 1 million students over 155 million miles throughout Virginia each year; and

WHEREAS, buses manufactured today are among the safest ever produced, including compartmentalization of student seating, ABS braking systems and superior steel construction; and

WHEREAS, school buses are designed with safety measures, including bright colors, stop sign arms, and cross-view mirrors to avoid crashes and prevent injuries; and

WHEREAS, the highest standards of school bus safety are maintained through rigorous driver training and certification requirements; and

WHEREAS, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has implemented many Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards designed for maximum student protection on the school bus; and

WHEREAS, the cooperation and caution of motorist is necessary in order to maintain the safety of Virginia’s children, which can be accomplished by citizens complying with traffic signals, observing traffic patterns, and by stopping when students are boarding and exiting school buses; and

WHEREAS, one yellow school bus removes approximately 32 cars from the roadway in transporting students to and from school each day; and

WHEREAS, school bus transportation employees should be recognized for their steadfast commitment to safely transporting the Commonwealth’s students;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 16-20, 2017, as NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK and October 18, 2017, as SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES APPRECIATION DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.