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September 6, 2012
School Bus Kids

Portland, Ore. – September 6, 2012-- While federal officials describe school buses as one of the safest forms of transportation available, serious accidents do happen. Every year some 17,000 U.S. children are treated in hospital emergency departments because of school bus-related injuries.

The physicians of Adventist Medical Center’s (AMC) Emergency Department, urge parents to help make safety a priority. In conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AMC invites you to teach your youngsters to:

  • Line up safely. Children should wait for the bus in a line that starts about 6 feet from the curb.
  • Wait for the OK. Tell your child never to step into the street until the bus driver opens the door and signals that it's OK to board. Under no circumstances should your child venture out into the street sooner.
  • Stay seated. If the driver has to stop suddenly, your child is less likely to be injured if he or she is sitting rather than standing.
  • Show respect. Loud talking or roughhousing can be dangerously distracting for the driver.
  • Be careful exiting. If children must cross the street, they should always walk in front of the bus, never behind it. Also, your child should cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus—and only when the driver signals that it's safe to do so.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is home to Adventist Health-Portland which includes more than 30 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 21,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 18 hospitals, more than 135 clinics (rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.


Media Contacts

  • Public Relations:, 503-261-4498
10123 SE Market St, Portland, OR 97216(503) 257-2500