October 15, 2004
Governor Richardson Proclaims October 17-23
(Santa Fe, NM)--Governor Bill Richardson has proclaimed the week of October 17-23, 2004 as “School Bus Safety Week” in New Mexico. In his proclamation, Governor Richardson urges all citizens to exercise courtesy and caution concerning school buses so that children have the safest possible system of transportation. He also urges citizens to recognize the skills and dedication of the thousands of people who make the system possible.
New Mexico Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García said, “New Mexico’s school transportation system maintains one of the best safety records nationwide. We are proud of our safety record. It reflects the dedication of all the state’s school transportation employees.” She continued, “Every public school transportation employee has received safety awareness training to further assure that school buses are free from any security threat.”
The Office of Homeland Security has teamed-up with the
Public Education Department to develop a training model for school
transportation employees. It provides the necessary knowledge and
skills to effectively identify and report perceived security threats
and appropriately react to actual security incidents if they occur.
It is available to other states, and New Mexico officials are scheduled
to train trainers from around the country in November.
As part of School Bus Safety Week, Secretary Dr. García
said New Mexicans should make a commitment to exercise additional
caution when they encounter school buses, particularly when buses’
warning lights are in the flashing mode. “School buses are the
safest form of vehicular transportation in the country. With increased
awareness on the part of motorists, we can keep it that way,”