Thewet stresses traffic safety as students return to school

POSTED: 08/15/11 12:28 PM

St. Maarten – Head of the School Bus Inspection Section Martha Thewet has called on motorists to observe the traffic rules, parents to speak to their children and school bus drivers to strictly comply with and enforce the code of conduct. Thewet made her urging in a statement on Sunday, the eve of Day 1 of the 2011/2012 school year and days after the final inspection of the busses wound up on Friday. Hundreds of students are expected to use the school busses during the coming year. Another school bus inspection will be carried out in six months.
“The School Bus Inspection Section would like to thank school bus owners and drivers for their cooperation during the first leg of the annual school bus inspection which was completed last week,” Thewet said.
“All school bus drivers are asked to follow the dress code while transporting school children to and from school; secondly, to also deal with un-rudely school children according to the code of conduct. The School Bus Inspection section is also appealing to parents to speak with their children about proper behavior while being transported on a school bus to and from school,” Thewet also stated.
“Safety is our main concern! Any bus driver who experiences any challenges while bussing school children, are asked to contact the school principal and the School Bus Inspection Section immediately. Everybody has to abide by the rules and regulations governing the safe transport of school children. We would like this new school year to be incident free. We don’t want to find school children carrying potential weapons and other things in their bags which do not belong there. You go to school to learn and become productive citizens of your community,” Thewet said on Sunday.
“The Section Inspection is looking forward to the full cooperation of all stakeholders, schools, parents and motorists in order for us to have a safe bussing school year. Anybody who sees any unusual behavior on or with a school bus is encouraged to report this to the Inspection Section. Otherwise, have a productive new school year and safe bussing,” the section head stated.
Parents who would like bussing information can call the section at telephone number 542-4511 or 542-4509 for additional information or clarification.

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