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Georgia makes list of top states with school bus fatalities

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Mary Lou Ramsey doesn't take chances when her little ones get on or off the school bus.

"The bus lets them off at the corner and then in the morning we cross the street together to that bus stop," said Ramsey.

Ramsey is a nanny for two elementary school-aged children.

Like many, Ramsey didn't know Georgia has consistently made the list of the states with the highest number of fatalities at school bus stops.

In the past three out of four years, Georgia was ranked No. 1.

"Of course it concerns me that's why I'm down here waiting for them [the kids] and I walk right up to the bus door to hold her hand and walk her down the steps," Ramsey said.

Since 1995, 25 Georgia students were killed trying to get on or off a school bus and two students were killed on the bus.

The Kansas Department of Education conducts the survey.

"It's a very difficult situation for a parent to deal with the loss of a child and when you put them on a bus you expect them to return home again that afternoon safely," said Carlton Allen.

Allen is Georgia's Director of Pupil Transportation. He said the state is not proud of being on the list of states having the most school bus fatalities.

"It's an honor you never want to have bestowed upon you because our job is to safely transport students to and from school. Anytime you have a fatality it's just going the wrong way," Allen said.

Allen said the state is doing more to train bus drivers, students, parents and especially motorists about school bus safety.

"The main problem that you have is more drivers now are distracted. They are driving talking on their cell phones, putting on their makeup, looking in other directions," said Allen.

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