Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2011
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Celebrates Texas School Bus Safety Week (October 17-21, 2011)
Reminds everyone to be cautious of our state's most precious cargo

AUSTIN, TX — Texas School Bus Safety Week is October 17-21, 2011 and is recognized in conjunction with the National School Bus Safety Week. During this week, State Senator Glenn Hegar reminds everyone to pay extra attention to school safety and the safety of our school children.

"As we observe Texas School Bus Safety Week, I would like to remind all motorists to exercise caution when driving through neighborhoods and school zones, especially during the school year. Although we Texans should always be extremely cautious when driving in a school zone or traveling on the road with school buses, this week is an excellent opportunity for all of us to take a moment and remember the necessity of safe driving. Everyone must be careful whenever they get behind the wheel, and as we raise public awareness about the safety of all our school children, pay particular attention in school zone areas and as they drop off or pick up their children from their schools," said Senator Hegar.

"The national theme for this special week, 'Be Aware-Know the Danger Zone!,'" continued Senator Hegar "emphasizes the importance of keeping our students safe outside of the school bus, especially when they are boarding or exiting the bus. I am particularly appreciative of this year's theme because it takes school bus safety a step further and reminds drivers that the need for prudent behavior extends beyond the school bus itself."

Not only does every Texan have a civic duty to follow school bus safety protocols, failure to adhere to rules and regulations can result in fines and other penalties. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, reckless drivers can face fines of up to $1,000, plus court costs if they are convicted. "Our children's safety," Senator Hegar stated, "is a priority for the State of Texas. Therefore, there are serious consequences for those who endanger the lives of our students by ignoring laws or exercising poor judgment."

Senator Hegar also takes this opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of school transportation professionals. "In particular," Senator Hegar continued, "I would like to pause for a moment during this special week to recognize the school bus drivers, who ensure a safe journey for students every day, and the teachers, who help safely load our children on and off of the school buses throughout the school year. These individuals go the extra mile to protect our state's most precious cargo, our children, and deserve special accolades during School Bus Safety Week."

School buses remain one of the safest modes of transportation in Texas and transport 1.4 million Texas children every school day. School buses account for less than one-half of one percent of all Texas roadway crashes.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.