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Children of bus driver in California crash speak of mother’s heroism
April 22, 2014
Jordan and Jordayna Lealao-Taiao say that survivors of the tour bus-FedEx truck crash on April 10 tell them that they might not have survived if it wasn’t for their mother. Jordan adds that the investigation into the collision so far seems to indicate that his mother brought the impact of the crash onto her side of the bus.
Protect your operation with video surveillance
April 22, 2014

False claims made against school bus drivers or other transportation staff have the potential to damage reputations and cause legal problems if a district or bus company is unable to prove what occurred during the incident in question. Equipping buses with cameras and DVRs can offer protection by providing undisputable evidence in these situations and others, such as accidents. Here's a roundup of the technology utilized by operations around the country.

Florida school bus driver killed in crash
April 21, 2014
According to a preliminary police investigation, a Toyota Camry turned and struck a school bus, which veered off the road and into a pole. The bus driver, 65-year-old William Fowler II, did not survive the crash. The Toyota driver has been charged with DUI, authorities say.
NAPT, Zonar offer $50K equipment grants
April 17, 2014
The association and the company are making the grants available for equipment and hardware provided by Zonar. Any NAPT member in good standing is encouraged to apply by the Oct. 15 deadline.
6-year-old Texas girl struck by school bus, later dies
April 16, 2014
Police said they believe that Jada Craft may have been running late and was trying to catch the bus when she was struck. She later died at her home. Investigators are expected to review the bus’ video surveillance cameras to determine how the accident happened.
Stop-arm awareness campaign launched in Ontario
April 15, 2014
After a student was within “inches of being hit” by a motorist passing one of her company’s school buses last fall, Kathleen Both, owner of M.L. Bradley Ltd., took action, working with the city of Ottawa and industry organizations to launch the “I Stop, You Stop” campaign. Road safety signs have been posted throughout the city, and a stop-arm camera pilot program is underway at her operation.
Louisiana school bus driver kidnapped at gunpoint
April 14, 2014
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, a 37-year-old man shows up at his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Monday morning and boards her school bus with a firearm as she is about to start her route. The man allegedly demands at gunpoint that the woman drive to his house and then forces her inside, but he reportedly releases her as police arrive.
10 dead in motorcoach-FedEx truck crash
April 11, 2014
The bus is traveling on a freeway and carrying high school students on their way to California’s Humboldt State University for a tour when the FedEx semi-truck crosses the freeway’s median and collides with the bus. The drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students are killed. The California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
Bus driver honored as state conducts illegal-passing sweep
April 8, 2014
Charles Albertson, a bus driver for New York's Wappingers Central School District, was named the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and Mid Hudson Transportation Supervisors’ Association's School Bus Driver of the Year last week. Meanwhile, the state conducted its annual Operation Safe Stop initiative, bringing together school bus operations and law enforcement agencies to ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses.
Unattended school bus rolls, strikes student
April 7, 2014
Investigators say they believe the bus driver left the bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child who was standing on a corner. All five children have been released from the hospital, and the driver has been arrested on multiple charges.
Driver, nurse save 4 special-needs students from bus fire
April 4, 2014
Alfred “Al” Lewis pulls the bus over, opens the passenger door and window to let the smoke out, sprays the fire extinguisher into the vents, and gathers the students in wheelchairs and carries them outside to safety. Meanwhile, the nurse helps the other two students out of the rear door.
District launches security, transit management system
April 3, 2014
Dallas County Schools begins using Force Multiplier Solutions’ BusGuard. The security and transit management system includes real-time video and audio, GPS, a thumbprint scanner, and multiple interior cameras and stop-arm cameras.
DriveLogik monitors driver performance to improve behavior
April 2, 2014
The new technology, which can be used on school buses, features the Driver Awareness Panel, an in-vehicle display that provides drivers with coaching through visual and audible notifications to drive more efficiently. Company officials say that by helping to improve driving behavior, the product can deliver fuel savings of up to 10%.
Council to review easing bus safety light limits
April 1, 2014
The Calgary City Council wants to expand the areas where school buses can activate flashing safety lights or stop signs to halt traffic while children are unloading or boarding, since current bylaws only allow buses to use safety lights in some areas in the city. The issue was raised last month when a 7-year-old boy was struck by a car after unloading from a school bus.
Seon, RedSpeed partner on stop-arm violation solution
March 27, 2014
When the video cameras from Seon detect a stop-arm violation, evidence will be uploaded to a central server for review by RedSpeed. If verified, RedSpeed will forward an evidence package to law enforcement personnel for review, then print and mail a ticket to the registered driver.
8-year-old hit by teen driver passing bus
March 27, 2014
A Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., girl is seriously injured when a 17-year-old driving a pickup truck illegally passes her stopped school bus and strikes her. The girl is taken to the hospital, but a local news source reports that her condition is improving.
Driver arrested after allegedly ordering students off bus
March 26, 2014
Wesner Laventure is arraigned on 20 counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. Police are notified of the situation by the mother of one of the students, who was told by other children that Laventure had forced a number of passengers off the bus at different locations, including busy highways.
NAPT News & Views — Honoring one of our own heroes
March 25, 2014

Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr. was a school bus driver. Not just any school bus driver, but the one who put his life on the line to protect his passengers when a deranged and armed man commandeered his bus last year. A little more than a year after he was slain on the job, we should all continue to honor his memory, his dedication to the children entrusted to him, and his exceptional heroism.

Report: Nearly half of students have seen bullying on the bus
March 21, 2014
According to Awareity’s new Student Safety Report, 44% of students surveyed said that they have witnessed or experienced bullying on the school bus. The report sheds light on bullying and other student safety risks.
2 webinars to discuss driver safety
March 20, 2014
The free, Zonar-sponsored events next week will examine the topics of school bus driver distraction and crash risks for commercial fleets. Nikki Hughes, director of school transportation services at California’s San Juan Unified School District, will be the featured speaker in the distraction webinar.
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