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DPIlogo_blue_centeredPublic Schools of North Carolina – School Bus Safety
North Carolina public schools are responsible for providing school bus safety training to students during the first days of school and at least once every semester. Resources for schools, teachers and transportation departments are provided on this web page. Additional information on school bus safety and school transportation in general is available at www.ncbussafety.org.

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is a North Carolina Department of Transportation program that promotes safe walking and bicycling to school through projects and activities that improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.  SRTS programs focus on the “5 E’s” – education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, and engineering – to enable and encourage children to walk or bike to school safely.

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The BuckleUpNC website offers information about North Carolina’s Occupant Restraint Laws. In addition, visitors can learn about car seats, seat belts and airbags and how to protect themselves and their families. Use the website to locate a Permanent Checking Station to make sure your children are properly restrained at any age, height, or weight.
National Child Passenger Safety Week is September 13-19, 2015.

SafeKids North Carolina
Safe Kids North Carolina is one of more than 600 coalitions affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide, whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children age 19 and younger. Housed within the N.C. Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina works to prevent injuries in children 19 and under through education and outreach. There are 41 Safe Kids coalitions covering 71 counties in North Carolina.

GHSPNorth Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is dedicated to promoting highway safety awareness to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina through the planning and execution of safety programs. We should all be concerned with the safety of parents, teens, and children traveling to and from school. Drivers must be aware of their surroundings. Watching out for bikes, yielding to pedestrians, and stopping for school buses should be on our minds as we travel. Drivers and their passengers should always be properly restrained. Get active, get educated, and be safe in your travels.

Let’s Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children
Lets go LogoThis education program teaches elementary age children how to walk and bike safely, giving them the essential skills that they need to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Let’s Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children is an all-in-one package of lesson plans, materials, activities and instructional videos that encourages children to learn about and practice fundamental skills that build safe habits.

This program was developed for the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and Safe Routes to School Program by NC State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education.