However, in nearby Palm Beach County which also started school on Aug. 10, there have been two school buses rear-ended already.
Early morning on Aug. 10, a 16-year-old driver ran into the back of a school bus seriously injuring himself and his teenage passenger. No one on the bus was injured.
The second accident occurred as a BMW was speeding through a Wellington neighborhood Thursday afternoon and ran into the back of a school bus carrying five students. There were no reported injuries of the children or bus driver.
According to the National Safety Council’s website, school bus related crashes killed 54 people nationwide, two of them in Florida, in 2020. However, this number is believed to be lower than average due to the covid pandemic which closed schools. In 2019, 111 deaths and 13,000 injuries were reported.
Sheriff Stephen said, “I would plead to our motoring public that we can all do a better job in being aware of our surroundings while driving. Phones, radios, kids, and many other distractions are traveling in our vehicles with us every day. Please focus on the road ahead and the other vehicles on the roadways with you.”
Remember to remind yourself to remain vigilant; please slow down and prepare for longer than regular drives and more frequent stops. Traffic may be heavy; expect to see buses, bicycles, and foot traffic in the mornings and afternoons.
You will definitely see us out and about enforcing traffic laws in your neighborhoods and at the schools, ensuring the safety of our children on foot, motorcycles, marked patrol vehicles, and unmarked.
Why? Because they are indeed worth it. Be safe, and Happy 2022/2023 school year!