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How Safe are School Buses? – A Look at the Data

How Safe are School Buses? – A Look at the Data

Investigative
Vehicle crash involving a school bus on Hwy 64 in Asheboro in 2019. [Acme News Archive Photo] ASHEBORO N.C. - Two separate school bus crashes on October 12th, 2023, raised questions online about the safety of school buses, so we decided to look at the data to see just how safe children who ride the bus to school are on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) school bus accidents account for less than 1% of all traffic fatalities. While that 'less than 1%' is a national figure, here in NC, the data backs up that number. Using crash report numbers from the N.C. Department of Transportation's annual traffic facts publication for 2015 through 2022, we analyzed the numbers for school bus accidents for North Carolina.  In the eight years we ...
No One Injured in Crash Involving Randolph County School Bus This Morning

No One Injured in Crash Involving Randolph County School Bus This Morning

News
sandsun / Adobe Stock TRINITY N.C. - Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol say no one was injured in a school bus crash involving a Randolph County School Bus early this morning in Trinity. According to a press release from the Highway Patrol, at 7:41 a.m. on Thursday, October 12th, 2023, Troopers responded to the report of a crash involving an elementary school bus operated by Randolph County School System at the intersection of Edgar Road at Pliney Farlow Road. Troopers say their investigation found that the driver of a Hoda Civic attempted to make a left turn from Pliney Farlow Road onto Edgar Road but failed to yield for the bus causing the vehicles to collide at the intersection. None of the twenty-two students aboard, or either of the drivers, were injured in the cras...
Law Refresher – When Do You Stop for a School Bus?

Law Refresher – When Do You Stop for a School Bus?

Traffic & Roads
sandsun / Adobe Stock ASHEBORO N.C. - With the start of the school year approaching, school buses will be back on the roads soon. Do you know when you are required to stop for a bus? When to stop Two-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop Two-lane with a center turning lane – All traffic from both directions must stop Four-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop Four-lane roadway with a median – Only traffic following the bus must stop Four or more lanes with a center turning lane – Only traffic following the bus must stop Passing a Stopped School Bus is a Crime While most traffic violations in North Carolina are infractions, passing a stopped school bus is a crime under NC § 20-217...
Several Injured In Accident Involving Uwharrie Charter School Bus [UPDATED]

Several Injured In Accident Involving Uwharrie Charter School Bus [UPDATED]

Breaking News
ASHEBORO NC - A driver and three children are at the hospital this morning after an accident involving a school bus in Davidson County. According to the NC Highway Patrol the accident occured at around 7:30 AM on Highway 109 near Mount Zion Church Road. Troopers say it appears that a driver crossed the center line and struck a school bus for Uwharrie Charter Academy head on. Seven children were on the bus at the time of the crash, and three of those were taken to the hospital, and are with family at this time. The driver of the passenger car was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers have cleared the scene and Hwy 109 is back open at this time. No further information was available at the time of publication but we will post more information as it becomes av...