Monday, January 12, 2009

Letter Regarding School Bus Monitors

AN IMPORTANT LETTER REGARDING THE
LIVES OF RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL CHILDREN

Response to

House Bill 2009--H 5019
Article 18
Title 16-21-1 Transportation of public and private school pupils


To:

Governor Donald L. Carcieri,
Steven Costantino, Chairman, House Finance Committee
M. Theresa Paiva Weed, President, Rhode Island Senate
Gordon D. Fox, House Majority Leader
William J. Murphy, Speaker of the House
Members of the House Finance Committee
And all members of the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives


Please keep Rhode Island school children SAFE. I want RI School Kids to ARRIVE ALIVE!

I am sending you this letter to urge you to vote against the act introduced by Representative Robert A. Watson that, if passed, would no longer require school bus monitors on all Rhode Island school busses that provide transportation for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Prior to 1985, on average, one Rhode Island student was killed in a school bus related accident each year. In 1985 that number jumped to three. Since monitors have been mandated (1986) NO RI CHILD HAS BEEN KILLED IN A SCHOOL BUS RELATED ACCIDENT.

According to John DiTomasso during his tenure as RI Director of School Bus Transportation, ALL school bus related accidents (bus to motor vehicle, bus to object & bus to pedestrian) have decreased by 65% since monitors were mandated in 1986.

I want you to vote to keep the school bus monitor requirements mandatory.

Your constituent,

Name: Date: 1/12/09

Address:

City:


FISST – Families Insisting on Safe Student Transportation
e-mail: FISST@cox.net website: http://members.cox.net/fisst
(401) 846-8513 or (401) 225-1791
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