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District releases PSA on stop-arm violation awareness
October 25, 2012
Cobb County School District in Marietta, Ga., partners with the local police department and American Traffic Solutions to create the video. It explains how the CrossingGuard camera system installed on the district’s buses works, and it also highlights the role of law enforcement, the penalties issued for violations and the importance of school bus safety.
Iowa DOT unveils school bus safety page on website
October 25, 2012
The page includes information on the danger zone around a school bus, the state law and penalties for illegally passing a stopped bus, driver training resources and more.
Elvis the Safety Owl makes bus training fun for students
October 23, 2012
Forsyth County Schools’ transportation team in Cumming, Ga., develops The Elvis Way program to teach elementary students about bus safety in an engaging way. Elvis, along with the district’s drivers, show students how to practice safe, orderly and respectful bus riding habits. Director of Transportation Garry Puetz discusses with SBF the program and the positive impact it has had on students and the community.
Driver collapses behind the wheel, but stops bus
October 19, 2012
A student on the bus says the driver’s head “sunk over, like he got knocked out.” Despite being incapacitated, the driver is reportedly able to bring the bus to a stop and avoid slamming into a utility pole.
SBSC launches effort to reduce child fatalities
October 17, 2012
School Bus Safety Co.’s nationwide initiative is aimed at reducing the number of fatalities in bus-related incidents from an average of 12 per year to zero by focusing resources on four areas: bus drivers, school buses, other motorists and children. As part of the effort, the company releases three new educational programs for kids of all ages.
Maine district takes action to stop bus bullying
October 16, 2012
When the transportation director for Maine School Administrative District #61 in Bridgton discovers that 50% of bus drivers’ referrals are from bullying incidents, he tasks bus driver/trainer Line Mulcahy and her colleague with developing an anti-bullying campaign. Mulcahy discusses its components with SBF, and says that it has had a positive impact.
Clarification on School Bus Safety Week dates
October 15, 2012
The nationwide event will be held Oct. 22 to 26 this year, and the theme is “I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me!” National Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Mike Martin confirms the dates after industry veteran Dick Fischer notifies him that there was some confusion on when it would take place.
N.J. enhances school bus safety check tool
October 12, 2012
The new version of the School Bus Report Card, available online to parents from the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, features improved search functions, and calculates and supplies the percentage of buses within a particular school yard or bus company that were either initially approved or put out of service. Motor Vehicle Commission Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez says that the tool reinforces the importance of the state’s stringent bus inspection program.
Illegal bus passing: Knowing is half the battle
October 12, 2012

If drivers know in advance that they should be looking out for those stopped buses, and if they’ve been educated on the danger that illegal passing poses for students, they should be more prepared and more convinced of the need to stop. 

Thoughts on transit replacing yellow buses
October 12, 2012

I understand the concerns, and while I don’t have a solution, perhaps furthering the discussion on the issue is one step in the right direction.

New standard for fire suppression systems in buses
October 11, 2012
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden launched the project in 2005 with the objective of creating a safer environment for passengers and bus drivers worldwide. In addition to the new standard for fire suppression systems, the institute has established a voluntary certification/quality mark.
District deploys camera system to catch stop-arm runners
October 10, 2012
Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga., equips at least 50 of its buses with CrossingGuard, which is provided and maintained by American Traffic Solutions. The county sheriff’s office will review camera footage and issue citations to violators, and officials say the district will receive 25% of the fines in the first year.
School bus plunges off overpass in Texas
October 5, 2012
A 7-year-old boy and two adults were recovering in a hospital from injuries they sustained in Thursday’s accident in San Antonio. Police say the bus fell about 15 feet to the access road below after colliding with a car.
American Traffic Solutions wins contract with co-op
October 4, 2012
Under the five-year agreement, the company will provide its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm violation photo enforcement system to the King County Directors Association, a purchasing cooperative that provides centralized procurement services for school districts in the state of Washington, as well as neighboring states.
2 buses collide, 1 driver killed
October 2, 2012
San Antonio school bus driver Dolores Martinez is pronounced dead at the scene on Monday after she suddenly loses control of her bus and it hits another bus, then crashes into a fence. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Man arrested for stalking girl at bus stop
October 2, 2012
The investigation by the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland reveals that Narciso Bonilla beeped his car horn and waved at the girl, and he also tried to speak with her. He is taken into custody after detectives set up a surveillance operation and witness him harassing her.
School bus driver stops pit bull attack
September 27, 2012
Bus driver David Bliss pulls over when he sees two pit bulls attacking a golden retriever, which is being walked by a woman with her grandson. Bliss is bitten while pulling the dogs apart and receives nine stitches.
Bus rear-ended by distracted driver
September 27, 2012
A man looks down at his cell phone prior to rear-ending a South Dakota school bus carrying about 20 students. At least four students are taken to the hospital for treatment.
Motorist pleads innocent in illegal bus-passing incident
September 27, 2012
Earlier this month, Shena Hardin was caught on video driving on a sidewalk to get around the bus, and she was ticketed by police. On Tuesday, she pleads not guilty to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation.
Girl fatally struck by school bus in Ark.
September 25, 2012
A preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police indicates that the bus was traveling toward a bus stop early Friday morning, and as the driver approached the stop he slowed down, but he did not see 7-year-old Hannah Martin, who ran into the road and was hit. No charges have been filed in the incident.

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