Campaign to Achieve Zero School Transportation Fatalities by 2025
The deadly crash last Friday involving a train and school bus in Athens, TX was yet another stark reminder that the work we do is important and there can be grave consequences out on the road, even on routine days when the unexpected can happen. The margin of error is extraordinarily small, so the need for vigilance must be high at all times.In the aftermath of the devastating string of crashes that occurred last Fall, particularly in October, November, and December, the NAPT Board has taken a fresh look at the components of school transportation safety—past, present, and future. Historically, our industry has a strong safety culture that consistently produces an impressive record overall. But the NAPT Board believes we can and must do better, sharing the view of other transportation safety leaders that crashes, and fatalities, are almost always preventable.
Towards that end, I'm excited to tell you about the campaign we are developing to help eliminate school transportation-related fatalities by 2025. We call it Zip. Zero. Nada. None.
We believe the keys to accomplishing this goal lie in encouraging our members in states and communities around the country to double down on more than a half century of operational experience and focusing time, energy and resources on five specific things:
- School Buses
- School Bus Drivers
- Sharing the Road with School Buses
- School Transportation Leadership
- Information for the Public