Wolf Administration Honors Students, School Bus Drivers at Pennsylvania Safety Awards Ceremony
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers joined Pennsylvania school bus safety advocates to honor twelve students for communicating important
school bus safety messages, and six school bus drivers for their superior driving skills.
The students, in kindergarten through eighth grade, were recognized for their winning entries in the 2019 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The theme for this year's contest - "Red Lights Mean STOP!" – reminds all drivers to stop for a bus with its lights
flashing and stop arm extended.
"By using their talent and creativity, these young artists help us share important safety messages through their creations," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "This year's creations reinforce the importance of obeying Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping
Law and stopping when a bus has its red lights flashing and stop are extended – a smart choice that can save lives."
This year's winners were chosen from over 1,000 student entries from schools across Pennsylvania. The first-place entries will be move on to the national competition, which will be judged at the end of this month.
2019 School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners include:
Additionally, PennDOT Bureau of Driver Licensing Director Kara Templeton and Trooper Zeina Black, Supervisor for the Permits and Bus Safety Unit of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Division of the Bureau of Patrol for the Pennsylvania State Police, presented
certificates and governor's citations to six school bus drivers for winning the 2019 Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safety Competition. Held each June, the competition tests school bus drivers' knowledge of safety rules and safe operation of their buses.
"Bus drivers do an extraordinary job every day ensuring the safety of our children as they travel to and from school," said Black. "These drivers serve as a model for all school bus drivers and this recognition further reinforces the trust parents have in
2019 PA School Bus Driver Safety Competition Winners:
Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 21-25
School Bus Safety Week in Pennsylvania.
For more information about school bus safety, visit PennDOT's highway safety website,
www.penndot.gov/safety, select the "Traffic Safety and Driver Topics" tab then select the "School
Bus Safety" tab. The website also offers an interactive video illustrating Pennsylvania's school bus stopping law.
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