Whenever a new school year starts, it is an ideal time for parents to review with their children the basic safety concerns they may face as they travel to and from school. Since many young students travel to school unaccompanied by an adult, it is critical that they learn to keep safety in mind.
The following general safety tips should be stressed:
- Always be confident and alert when walking down streets so you can be aware of the details surrounding you. If you feel that something is not right, stop and see what has triggered this feeling. Your instincts should not be ignored since they are your first line of defense.
- As much as possible, walk with a group.
- If you sense or realize that you are being followed, change your pace or direction. Head to a safer place where there are bright lights and other people around who can see you. Try to remember what the person following you looks like.
- Do not take shortcuts in unfamiliar or undesirable areas.
- If someone unfamiliar approaches you on the street, make brief eye contact and continue walking. Even if they speak, don’t stop walking and don’t engage in conversation.
- Do not
In Georgia, there are hundreds of car accidents that take place every single day of the year. These are often hard to investigate; it is not always known exactly what caused the crash. Unfortunately, this also involves passengers in cars who had no control over a situation.
That is exactly what happened in Haralson County not long ago when a school bus driving for the city schools was on Highway 120 when it was hit by a Dodge pickup truck that was driven by a 17 year old. The truck crossed the centerline, crashing into the bus head-on.
There were students on the bus at the time and 14 of them, in addition to the driver, had to be taken to the local hospital in order to be treated for the injuries that they sustained. No one suffered serious injuries, but they did complain about a variety of pains in their back and neck.
In order to get the driver of the truck out of the car it was necessary to use emergency equipment and she was then airlifted to the hospital as well.
Getting to the bottom of the crash won’t be too simple, but there are now plenty …
If you have lived in the Atlanta area for any length of time, you know that Atlanta drivers like to speed. If you get onto I-285 when the traffic is clear, very few people stick to the posted 55 MPH speed limit. In some areas, it’s so common to speed that going at the speed limit can confuse drivers and cause accidents.
The Georgia legislature is now making a move to perform traffic studies on the major freeways in order to raise the speed limits. In a vote of 157-7, the House of Representatives voted to raise the limit in metropolitan areas with populations above 50,000. If the bill passes the Senate, traffic studies will be performed to see if it is safe to raise the limit to the suggested 70 MPH limit.
Whether or not this will make driving safer or not remains to be seen, but one thing we can agree on is that faster speeds do cause more severe accidents. Getting into an accident on the interstate at full speed is extremely dangerous and has a high likelihood of injury and fatality.
If you have been involved in a car accident on the interstate, you will need …
Yesterday, Atlanta was hit with a snowstorm that rivaled the ‘snowmageddon’ that happened in 2011. Cars were stranded, buses fell off the road into ditches, and ten minute commutes expanded into 3 hour commutes. There were reports of people taking upwards of six hours to get home.
It started snowing early in the day and began to pile up. By the time that businesses called it an early day and sent people home, it was too late to save them from traffic snarls that lasted for hours. Schools tried to let out their students around the same time, further compounding the traffic issues.
The snow didn’t let up until the early evening, leaving at least three inches on the ground. While this may be child’s play to Northern cities, Atlanta does not have the infrastructure to handle snow and ice well. As a result, over a thousand calls to police were made last night alone for traffic accidents. Police, fire, and rescue personnel were dispatched to the most severe of crashes.
In response to all of the stranded motorists, the people of Atlanta started to create impromptu shelters. Churches, Mexican restaurants, Home Depots, and other places raised their hands …
Any kind of traffic accident is bad, but when it involves a bus the potential for mass injuries increases. Earlier in January, a MARTA bus hit a disabled vehicle on Southbound I-85 in Clayton County on a cold Friday morning. The accident resulted in a four vehicle incident that was spread across the two right hand lanes on the road.
It’s unclear what happened to make the Atlanta public transit vehicle strike the other vehicle that day. The driver was said to be fortunate enough not to be injured as a result but the status of the drivers and passengers of the other 3 vehicles is unknown.
Thankfully, the bus was actually passenger-free at the time of the crash. But statistics show that this isn’t always the case with thousands of other crashes that involve buses up and down the country. There are supposedly 360 million bus passengers each year. This number is hardly surprising as travelling by bus is often a cheaper and more efficient means of transport as opposed to walking, cycling or getting a taxi. But with so many buses in circulation, there are bound to be many accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association reported 11,000 …
When a close family member dies in an accident, especially a young person, parents may feel that the actions of the court are not enough to punish the people in the crime. Lawsuits and criminal charges can only go so far. Sometimes a parent will decide that they need to take their demands to the legislature and ask lawmakers to change the laws.
That is what one family is doing after a young woman was killed in a road rage crash last October. According to police, a truck crashed into the 20-year-old’s SUV head-on. Both drivers were killed in that accident, though the passengers in the woman’s vehicle survived. Police say that the truck driver got angry when he couldn’t pass another vehicle that was in front of him. When he tried to get in front unsafely he crashed into the woman.
The perpetrator paid the ultimate price, but the family wants to make sure that this sort of accident doesn’t happen again. They are working with State Rep. Kevin Tanner to create the Chelsea Gerrish Law. The parents are seeking stiffer penalties, including felony charges and license suspension for 6-12 months.
Time will tell if the proposed legislation …
As children every day ride the bus to school, one of the fears of parents is that bus getting into an accident. Bus drivers are trained very well before they’re allowed to transport children, but the sheer number of buses on the roads makes accidents inevitable. According to the NHTSA, there were 1,236 fatal school transportation accidents between 2001 and 2010. This number includes drivers. This was 0.34% of the total 363,893 fatal crashes that happened in that time span, which is quite a good record. In 2010 specifically, 16 people died in a school bus during a crash, six drivers and 10 children. 113 more were either pedestrians or in other vehicles.
However, a school bus crash doesn’t have to be fatal for it to be a cause of worry. Take a case that happened this week. A man driving a school bus carrying 68 children was backing up and hit a parked car. No one was injured in that collision at the time of the report. However, it is possible that injuries might crop up later in the form of headaches or an ache in the body. Whiplash is rare on school buses because of the very high …
A 10-year-old Early County child was killed and at least six other people were hurt in a recent school bus crash. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred on Highway 39 four miles south of Fort Gaines in Clay County. Law enforcement officers stated the driver of a Pataula Charter Academy school bus lost control of the vehicle while navigating a curve and left the roadway around 4 pm. The bus was reportedly headed towards Blakely when the wreck occurred.
Two children seated in the front row of the passenger bus were apparently thrown from the vehicle when the school bus struck a culvert that is located in a ditch on the side of the road. One of the children ejected, a 10-year-old girl, was purportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. The other child thrown from the bus was allegedly transported via emergency helicopter to an area hospital with a punctured lung and a broken arm. The bus driver and four other children who were travelling aboard the school bus at the time of the incident were also reportedly treated for a variety of injuries.
The exact cause of the fatal school bus accident is …
Recently, two separate school bus accidents occurred within 16 hours of one another in Forsyth County. The first crash involved two cars plus a school bus, and reportedly took place during the evening commute on Georgia 9 near Hutchinson Road. According to police, a 43-year-old woman was killed when the sport utility vehicle (SUV) she was driving was struck by another vehicle being driven by a 17-year-old motorist. The force of the impact allegedly pushed the woman’s SUV into a school bus that was stopped at a traffic signal. A representative for the Forsyth County sheriff’s Office, Karleen Chalker, stated the school bus was not carrying any children at the time of the deadly accident. She said the bus driver was not hurt in the collision and the 17-year-old driver sustained only minor injuries. According to Chalker, the 43-year-old woman was transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth where she was unfortunately pronounced dead.
The following morning, a school bus that was transporting 22 students to Little Mill Middle School was allegedly struck from behind by an SUV on Pilgrim Mill Road. The bus was apparently stopped to turn when the SUV that collided with it was struck from behind by another SUV. …