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Teen still missing after taking ride from stranger
May 28, 2013
Kathlynn Shepard, 15, and a 12-year-old girl were lured into a man's truck shortly after exiting their school bus last week in Dayton, Iowa. The 12-year-old was able to escape, and the suspect was found dead, but Shepard is still missing.
School Bus Safety Co. awarded for student programs
May 28, 2013
The company's "The Magic Tent," a student safety program for children in grades 3 through 5, and "Preventing Bullying," for grades 3 through 12, win three awards from the Silver Telly Council.
Stop-arm pilot catches nearly 50 violations in 2 months
May 24, 2013
For the pilot program, American Traffic Solutions provided Mansfield (Texas) Independent School District with its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm camera solution to help monitor the extent of the problem.
Man allegedly impersonates police officer, pulls over bus
May 21, 2013
Authorities are searching for the suspect, who was driving a silver sedan and used blue and red flashing lights mounted in his vehicle to signal for the Redlands (Calif.) Unified School District bus driver to pull over. The man reportedly stated that he was a police officer, and he displayed a gold badge in the shape of a star.
New edition of School Transportation-Related Crashes released
May 9, 2013
The new statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that there was an average of 135 school transportation-related fatalities per year from 2002 to 2011.
Man facing kidnapping charges was fired as school bus driver
May 9, 2013
Ariel Castro, the man who allegedly kidnapped and raped three Cleveland women, committed multiple violations as a school bus driver, which resulted in his firing last November. His infractions include leaving a child on a bus, making an illegal U-turn in rush hour traffic with a busload of students, and using the school bus to do his grocery shopping.
Maine bus driver saves choking child’s life
May 7, 2013
Nathan Philbrick is able to stop his bus and administer the Heimlich maneuver to a student who was choking on candy and was not breathing. The district's superintendent says that the incident illustrates the importance of investing in safety training, even in tight budget years.
FMCSA declares trucker in fatal hit-and-run an ‘imminent hazard’
May 2, 2013
The driver, Johnny Allen Spell, was operating a tractor-trailer when he failed to stop for a school bus, which had engaged its warning lights and was unloading passengers. Spell’s vehicle fatally struck a child. Federal investigators are also reviewing the hiring practices and compliance records of Ricky Lucas Trucking, Spell’s employer.
Child Safety Network offers Safe Bus program
May 1, 2013
In partnership with the School Bus Safety Co., the Child Safety Network initiative aims to reduce school bus accidents — with an added benefit of generating revenue for districts. The free Safe Bus program, which receives funds from corporate sponsorships, includes a comprehensive training curriculum, school bus safety PSAs, and a GPS and parental notification system.
Minneapolis district builds mobile command center
April 30, 2013
Minneapolis Public Schools’ plant operations and transportation services team spent four years converting an older school bus into the mobile command center. It’s outfitted with such equipment as a flat-screen TV, two-way radios and laptops, and it’s designed to be used as a command post in a major emergency that prohibits the district’s buses from successfully transporting students.
Abu Dhabi DOT unveils school bus regulations
April 30, 2013
The regulations are developed in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Abu Dhabi Police GHQ with the aim to optimize school transportation. The regulations address requirements for school bus drivers, schools, bus age and operation time, and bus inspections.
Preparing for the threat of hijacking
April 30, 2013

Regardless of whether the driver obeys the commands or resists a hijacker, every single school bus driver must understand that their No. 1 priority is the protection of the children on board. Drivers must be prepared mentally for these situations and conduct drills to reinforce proper procedures.

Bus driver on leave after train tracks incident
April 29, 2013
The driver for a Louisiana district was placed on administrative leave after receiving a citation for driving around lowered railroad crossing guards in front of an oncoming train. At least 30 students were on the bus. Officials say the train was about 200 feet from the intersection when the bus crossed the tracks.
Buses evacuated after student finds fake grenade
April 25, 2013
In the ongoing investigation, police say that after the student found the object on the bus, it was reportedly given to the bus driver, who evacuated the bus and notified officials. A bomb squad determines that it did not pose a threat, but students were also removed from other buses at a high school and taken into the school.
Police seek man who followed girl around bus stop
April 24, 2013
Authorities in Redlands, Calif., ask for the public's help to identify a man who followed an 11-year-old girl on her way to and from a school bus stop last week. During the second incident, the man began asking the girl questions about her school and her clothing.
Stormwaters strand school buses in Midwest
April 18, 2013
In Oswego, Ill., a school bus slid into a ditch along a washed-out section of road. Four students and the driver were evacuated from the stuck bus. Near Ava, Mo., a school bus became temporarily stranded in an area between two low water crossings that became inundated.
Phones: not the only distractions
April 17, 2013

What about having conversations with kids (or even aides) on the bus while driving? Is that a source of distraction that should be avoided?

Bus driver suspended for cell phone use, lying about caller
April 11, 2013
Rossana Lucas receives a 10-day suspension after she is seen on a video surveillance camera taking a call, and she also picks up another driver at an unauthorized stop. Lucas tells officials for the Florida district that she had taken the call from her son, a Marine stationed in Iraq, but the district’s investigation reveals that her story doesn't add up, and she admits that the caller was not her son.
Kentucky transportation secretary pushed for increased bus safety
April 8, 2013
Milo D. Bryant, who served as the state’s transportation secretary under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in the 1980s, passed away last week at the age of 82. Bryant led a bus safety task force that recommended various improvements to school buses and driver training following the fatal 1988 school bus crash in Carrollton.
Man boards bus, leaves loaded gun magazine
April 8, 2013
Jeremy West follows a student on the Arizona district’s bus, and he convinces an adult bus aide that he is accompanying the student. After West leaves the bus, another student finds a fully loaded 9 mm magazine on the seat where West had been sitting. Police arrest him on Thursday, and the district is making changes to its policy on allowing parents on school buses.

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