Longtime Meridian school bus driver talks bus safety

DAYKIN, NE – It’s National School Bus Safety Week across the country, and many schools like Meridian Public in Daykin are taking time this week to stress safety to the passengers they carry every day.

Bus driver Charles Houser has driven buses for Meridian since 2001. He says it’s important to have a week dedicated to bus safety, but he stresses the importance to practice proper safety regulations year-round.

“Just stay in your seat, and try to face forward,” Houser said. “Don’t be looking over or around a seat. Keep the noise level as low as possible. You can talk quietly to your neighbor, but don’t yell and scream at each other.”

School bus safety week arrived in a timely manner in Nebraska. Last week in Osmond, three students were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a semi-trailer rear-ended a school bus on Highway 20 just east of Osmond.

The three injured students have since been released.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation holds National School Bus Safety Week during the third week of every October.

THE NAPT says the week is “an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus drivers and others to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. ”

School bus safety week runs from Oct. 22-28.

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