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Proposal: Slow Down, Save Our Kids!

Kids should feel safe when being transported to and from school. It is our responsibility, in Bedford County, to be extra cautious when driving as the school buses are picking up and dropping off children at bus stops. No parent wants to experience the horror of a phone call informing them their child was injured, or worse, while getting on the school bus.

The Issue

Problem Defined

Students across America no longer feel safe at their bus stops, and parents don't feel safe sending them there. Students are being injured or even losing their lives due to the carelessness of motorists, lack of pedestrian safety knowledge, and lack of safety enforcement.

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Around 17,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to school buses each yearMORE

Children can be injured in multiple ways, like getting on and off the bus, when riding the bus, and when standing near the bus. This is a big issue with so many children getting hurt.

Over 40% of school bus injuries are vehicular accidentsMORE

Most of the injuries aren't severe, but they can be prevented. Motorists traveling during school bus loading and unloading times are too careless.

On average, 9 children die per year when getting on or off the busMORE

A 7-year-old boy in Pennsylvania was killed at his bus stop.MORE

In Huntingdon County, PA, a 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle, while waiting at his bus stop. The boy was a second grader at Tyrone Elementary School.

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ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MARYLAND is a high quality, low-cost educational community college with its main campus set in the mountains of Maryland's Allegany County and a branch location in Pennsylvania's Bedford County. Enrolling over 3,000 credit students and logging nearly 14,000 continuing education registrations per year, our small, attentive college atmosphere engages students of all ages and backgrounds. Whether we're preparing students for career entry, readying students for transfer, or simply helping individuals rediscover their personal interests, we prepare students for lives of fulfillment, leadership, and service in our diverse, global society.

Zoe Browell
- Allegany College of Maryland
I am a resident of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. I'm currently attending Allegany College of Maryland and majoring in Secondary Education. I am passionate about equal rights, the environment, and education.
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Dedicate a week to school bus safety in Bedford County schoolsMORE

Start a program where every school in the county takes 30 minutes a day for one week to teach students safety measures for loading and unloading the bus. Papers should also be sent home to the parents to make them aware of the safety measures they can take as well.

Advertise motorist safety measures on radio stations in Bedford CountyMORE

Getting the word out to drivers in the community will be helpful in enforcing the safety measures. This should happen at the same time as the safety week in schools.

Install stop arm cameras on all buses in Bedford County, starting with a trial run of 10 busesMORE

Stop arm cameras are legal in Pennsylvania and are used to catch cars that pass school buses when they are loading and unloading. The cameras can be installed on 10 buses to start, in order to see if they are successful in catching 

Expected Results
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Lower the amount of school bus related injuriesMORE

Implementing these safety measures will lower the amount of school bus related injuries

Catch motorists that are passing stopped school buses illegallyMORE

Since it is already against the law, adding the cameras will aide in catching motorists that are making the school bus stops dangerous.

Reduce the number of deaths due to loading and unloading school buses from 9 to 6MORE

Although it is already a small number, 9 is still too many children losing their lives during travels to school. By implementing these measures, children, parents, and motorists will be more careful when school buses are loading and unloading.


Stop arm cameras cost $100-$500 per bus. Radio station advertisements cost $50.00. Implementing the safety measures will save money by saving lives of children. The schools will save money in insurance.

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