This Mom's School Bus–Safety Rap Is Awesome
Sure, it's frustrating when you get stuck behind a school bus with its "STOP" arm extended, but it's there to make sure drivers watch out for all those kiddos getting on or getting off. Nothing makes me more mad than seeing a car zip past a stopped school bus, or hear cars honking when they get stuck in traffic behind one. Seriously, there are little kids whose lives are more important than waiting a couple of minutes in your temperature-controlled car listening to your favorite tunes.
To make sure all drivers heed the importance of school bus's "STOP" arms, mom blogger Deva Dalporto of My Life Suckers teamed up with American Traffic Solutions—the people who created those nifty swing-out signals—to spread awareness of what horrible consequences can happen if drivers are too unaware, distracted, or inconsiderate to stop when indicated.
"More than 100 children are killed every year walking to school. Another 25,000 are injured. And half of the 31 pedestrians killed while boarding a bus are children between the ages of 5 and 7," Dalporto wrote in a recent blog post. "Yes. You heard that right. Children are being killed and injured on the way to school every year."
To spread this somber message with a little levity, Dalporto and her mommy friends and kids parodied the catchy 1990 Grammy-winning rap "Bust a Move" by Young MC with a video called Bus, Don't Move.
"It's big and yellow. You say, 'Hello. Come pick up my kids, you fine fellow!' They run over there without a second to lose — STOP arm extends: See a bus, don't move," Dalporto raps.
The song's refrain is smartly reworked as, "School bus, don't pass it—school bus, baby don't pass it!" Much like the original rap, the words get stuck in your head, which is exactly what should happen so all drivers remember the important message.
Check out the video—I bet you'll be singing along by the end. Plus, Dalporto also hits on some common themes of moms trying to get their kids off to school that will likely resonate with all parents!