While school buses remain incredibly safe, students who ride buses are most vulnerable as pedestrians when they are outside the bus in the "danger zone." At the NASDPTS Conference in October 2010, state directors held a panel discussion on Loading Zone Safety where we discussed the problem and the various contributing causes and potential solutions. As a result of that discussion, NASDPTS passed a resolution to coordinate the first national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. The data is intended to develop and promote improved safety countermeasures at the state or national level.
NASDPTS is requesting that each state choose a single day for school bus operators (public and contracted) to observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses. We want to begin assembling the data in June, so please try to conduct the survey on a state-designated, representative school day from March 1 to May 31, 2018. Here is the 2010 NASDPTS Resolution directing the effort.
State directors may enlist assistance from their state associations as needed.
PROCESS – DRIVER-LEVEL DATA COLLECTION
Drivers will be provided a form on which to report violations. A template is provided HERE:
The form may be modified for individual state use in any way needed, although it is requested that at least the data specified on this form be included.
PROCESS FOR REPORTING SURVEY RESULTS
The summary results should be reported to NASDPTS following your survey date at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018IllegalPassingSurvey. The survey may be completed either at the state level or directly by local schools districts and contractors as determined by each state’s director of student transportation. The reported data shall consist of aggregated total results from each entire state or from each entire local school district/contractor reporting within the state. Again, whether to report from the state level or each local district level is to be determined by each state director, but please report to the NASDPTS Survey from either the state or local level, but NOT both.
To enter data, please click HERE
DATA COLLECTION TOOLS
The following tools are available for states:
Driver Illegal Passing Reporting Form or . It is important that this form or one containing identical fields of information be used to ensure consistency of national reporting.
Illegal Passing Results Spreadsheet - LOCAL USE. This tool is for recording Driver Reports at the school district or contractor level. It allows the input of raw data from each driver's report and calculates totals for the school district.
Illegal Passing Results Spreadsheet - STATE USE. This spreadsheet allows each state to input the totals from each local school district and calculates the statewide totals for each category.
Sample Memo to Local Directors. This memo or something similar may help you in communicating with your local school districts regarding this project.2017 State-by-State Data
Executive Director, NASDPTS