HUDSON, Ohio - School bus drivers, on average, get 35 hours of training, according to Hudson-based School Bus Safety Company.
That's less than 15 percent of the training that some other professional drivers get.
Jeffrey Cassell, School Bus Safety Company president, says tractor trailer drivers receive 240 hours and drivers of Greyhound busses, receive 200 hours of driver training.
"An accident does not just happen. It happens because of something the driver is doing that they should not do," Cassell says.
His company services 2,700 school districts. He says they all use the same driver training program.
According to the local company, every year across the country, school buses are involved in 78,000 accidents and collisions.
Cassell said, "We teach drivers, if a child runs after the bus, you will stop. But, you don't let them board. You send them home. If there's no reward for running after the bus, they won't do it."
Students learn from the training as well. The training teaches them the danger zones around a school bus. They learn to wait on the sidewalk and other important safety tips.
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