For Immediate Release: October 17, 2005
Governor Richardson Proclaims October 16-22
Bus Safety Week’ in
New Mexico Secretary of Education
Dr. Veronica C. García said, “
The Office of Homeland Security
has teamed-up with the Public Education Department (PED) 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
PED School Transportation Bureau
Chief, Joe S. Mendez said, “In 2004-2005, a little more than half of students
(179,306) enrolled in public education in New Mexico were bused to school daily
on more than 3,115 buses, which traveled in excess of 33 million miles.
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,” she said.