WEST LAFAYETTE -- Registration is still open for the 2011 East Regional School Bus Safety Road-E-O that will take place May 7 and hosted by Ridgewood Local Schools in West Lafayette. The School Bus Road-E-O is open to every school bus driver in the state of Ohio who is employed through a school district as a full-time or substitute driver with a valid CDL school bus driver endorsement. The Road-E-O gives drivers an opportunity to promote safety and recognizes them for their hard work and dedication to keeping students safe whenever they are on or around a school bus.

The School Bus Safety Road-E-O is designed to test and increase driver operational and safety skills, and keep drivers up-to-date on the most recent transportation laws. Participants who score 80 percent (580 points) or higher at a regional or state competition may use that event toward their six-year recertification. This score will be good toward the bus driver's driving portion of the recertification for up to two years. Aside from driving, school bus drivers and transportation supervisors could also serve as judges for this state-organized event.

For the driving portion of the Road-E-O, drivers will have their choice of bus to drive -- conventional (International) or transit (Blue Bird). The buses used for this event will be 71-passenger. Drivers will have 14 minutes to complete the maneuverability portion that consists of student loading and unloading, railroad crossing, diminishing clearance, forward stop line, right turns, offset streets, and a turnaround.

There are two written tests with 50 multiple-choice questions each The first test is General Knowledge where drivers are tested over current CDL and Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws and Ohio Pupil Transportation Operation and Safety Rules. The second test deals with the Pre-Trip Inspection of the bus.

To register, contact Johanna Mizer, East Regional School Bus Safety Road-E-O chairperson, by e-mail jodancr2@wilkshire.net or call the Ridgewood Schools Superintendent's office at 545-6354. Road-E-O handbooks are available online at the ODE transportation website (ODE, Pupil Transportation Safety, School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O).