National Bus Safety Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- It's National Bus Safety Week, and Illinois officials are hoping to raise awareness about the risks posed to students as they get on and off of school buses.

The safety week's theme this year is "I See the Driver -- The Driver Sees Me" and emphasizes the importance of training both drivers and students to be aware of each other.

More than one-point-one million students ride school buses every day in Illinois.

Nationally, about 33 children die in school-bus-related traffic accidents each year, and most of those fatalities are pedestrians.

Bus safety week has been celebrated the third week of October since 1966. The week includes poster and speech contests, community tool kits and events.

School districts statewide have been hosting activities for children, teachers and parents.