School Bus Safety a Concern in District 57
Prince George, B.C. – School bus safety has been flagged again as a concern in the Prince George School District.
The issue was originally raised by Gillian Burnett, treasurer of the Nukko Lake Parent Advisory Council (see original story here) in November, and again during a recent meeting of the Board’s Education Services Committee.
Burnett indicated to the Board in November her PAC had taken safety measures into their own hands by purchasing safety vests for children and installing a sign that indicates a bus stop is coming up.
“We appreciate the efforts of Ms. Burnett and other parents in promoting bus safety,” said trustee Sharel Warrington. “More than 25% of our students ride the bus to and from school on buses that travel 10,200 kilometres each school day,” she said.
According to Board Chairperson Tony Cable, Diversified Transportation (the company providing transportation for children) has advised that there are four areas of the school district of particular concern to them.
Highway 16 West in Beaverly
Chief Lake Road
College Heights near Southridge Elementary School
Hill Avenue near D.P. Todd Secondary School
Up until the end of January, 2015, Diversified school bus drivers have reported 68 incidents of community drivers passing their buses while stopped with their red lights engaged.
Burnett told the Board in November it has led to some close calls.
“Over the years we’ve had multiple families come in with some really serious concerns and some near misses about their kids trying to get on a bus or get off a bus.”
Warrington says the Board is taking action to address the issue by raising the matter at the next meeting of the Prince George Traffic Safety Committee.
The committee includes representatives of the RCMP, ICBC and the Ministry of Transportation.