SENATE RESOLUTION 560--DESIGNATING SEPTEMBER 2014 AS ``SCHOOL BUS SAFETY MONTH''; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 133
(Senate - September 17, 2014)

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   SENATE RESOLUTION 560--DESIGNATING SEPTEMBER 2014 AS ``SCHOOL BUS 
                             SAFETY MONTH''

  Mr. BLUMENTHAL (for himself and Mr. Blunt) submitted the following 
resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 560

       Whereas approximately 480,000 public and private school 
     buses carry 26,000,000 children to and from school every 
     weekday in the United States;
       Whereas America's 480,000 public and private school buses 
     comprise the largest mass transportation fleet in the Nation;
       Whereas during the school year, school buses make more than 
     55,000,000 passenger trips daily and students ride these 
     school buses 10,000,000,000 times per year as the Nation's 
     fleet travels over 5,600,000,000 miles per school year;
       Whereas school buses are designed to be safer than 
     passenger vehicles and are 13 times safer than other modes of 
     school transportation, and 44 times safer than vehicles 
     driven by teenagers;
       Whereas in an average year, about 25 school children are 
     killed in school bus accidents, with one-third of these 
     children struck by their own school buses in loading/
     unloading zones, one-third struck by motorists who fail to 
     stop for school buses, and one-third killed as they approach 
     or depart a school bus stop;
       Whereas The Child Safety Network, celebrating 26 years of 
     national public service, has collaborated with the National 
     PTA and the school bus industry to create public service 
     announcements to reduce distracted driving near school buses, 
     increase ridership, and provide free resources to school 
     districts in order to increase driver safety training, 
     provide free technology for tracking school buses, reduce on-
     board bullying, and educate students; and
       Whereas the adoption of School Bus Safety Month will allow 
     broadcast and digital media and social networking industries 
     to make commitments to disseminate public service 
     announcements designed to save children's lives by making 
     motorists aware of school bus safety issues: Now, therefore, 
     be it
       Resolved, That the Senate designates September 2014 as 
     ``School Bus Safety Month''.

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