Safety Dog Bus Tour promotes safe practices

NASHUA – One of 10 stops across North America, the Safety Dog Bus Tour will be part of Nashua Goes Back to School. The event is set for 5-6:30 p.m. today.

“Student safety is at the heart of everything we do,” First Student Location Manager Shawn Prendable said. “The Safety Dog Bus Tour provides a timely and engaging platform to teach appropriate behavior and showcase the safety features on a First Student bus. We make it fun, so these messages are delivered in a memorable way.”

Students can see firsthand how a First Student bus is designed for safety inside and out. They can also pose for a photo with Safety Dog, First Student’s safety mascot.

The tour also aims to remind motorists they have an important role in keeping bus riders safe by obeying stop arm safety laws. A recent survey suggests there could be more than 14 million illegal stop-arm passes during a school year.

Since 2015, there have been 23 stops on the tour. In total, more than 25,000 guests have visited a stop, while almost 9,000 students signed a safety pledge.

Riding a bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school, organizers said. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are approximately 70 times safer than passenger cars and 10 times safer than walking.

Tour dates, times, locations, safety tips and downloadable activities for students and parents are available at www.safetydogbustour.com.