Students Create Videos to Raise Awareness of School Bus Safety
December 21, 2016, Dartmouth, NS – As the first semester comes to an end, disappointing data from school boards across the province has been released concerning the number of “red light violations,” or cars passing school buses that have stopped and extended their red flashing stop arm. At the time of this news release, over 400 red light violations had been reported by bus drivers to their school boards from September to December. Every day, over 82,000 students across the province travel on 1129 school buses to and from school. Each time a motorist commits a red light violation they are risking those children’s lives.
“Students know and follow the school bus safety rules. It’s been a priority of the NSSBA for the past year to promote school bus safety to ensure that motorists do the same,” said Hank Middleton, President of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association. “We have been collecting data from each school board on red light violations and working to raise awareness of this issue.”
To demonstrate to motorists the real danger of committing red light violations, who better to turn to than the students who ride the bus each day. Students were given the chance to tell their story by creating a video entry for the School Bus Safety Video Contest. The contest is part of the school bus safety campaign put on annually by the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and Safety Services Nova Scotia. Students in three categories, elementary, junior high, and high school, could create three minute videos about school bus safety and the dangers of red light violations to be entered to win $500.
“This year’s campaign has been successful, we have received 3x more submissions than last year’s” says Jackie Norman, President and CEO of Safety Services Nova Scotia, “The videos came from across the province, and include a of variety of styles. We had stop motion animation, rap songs and a bus safety super hero was even created!”
The contest, which has been on since September, closed November 19, and judges selected a winner from each category to receive the cash prize. A celebration event was held on December 21 to screen the three winning videos and present the winners with their cheques.
Elementary - Rhylyn MacInnis, Whycocomagh Education Centre
Middle School / Junior High - Caelan Shaw, Bible Hill Junior High
High School - Jasmine Metzler, Millwood High School
Videos can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/2hIjHwN