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NAPT names winners of annual poster contest
November 6, 2012
The theme of this year’s contest was “Stand Back From the Yellow and Black.” Cesar Davila of Brownsville, Texas, takes first place in Division III and is the overall winner of the contest.
Stop-arm sweep ends with 7 citations
November 6, 2012
West Virginia state troopers tag along on school bus routes with stop-arm running problems during National School Bus Safety Week. On more than half of the targeted routes, violators receive tickets and fines.
Ore. bus driver logs 41 years of safe driving
November 6, 2012
Sherren Wargnier also serves as a driver trainer for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., and she works as a third-party tester for CDL applicants. She tells SBF what has contributed to her safe practices behind the wheel, and officials from the Oregon Department of Education weigh in on her career as well.
Driver safely stops bus after plywood shatters windshield
November 5, 2012
As Neil Reichenbach is traveling west in his bus on a highway and meets a truck traveling east, he says the plywood “flew off.” It strikes the bus, and the windshield wraps around Reichenbach, who manages to get to the side of the road.
Texting cited in teen’s fatal crash into bus
November 1, 2012
Deianerah "D.J." Logan, 17, was killed when she rear-ended a school bus in September. An investigation finds that the teen was texting at the time. Her family says in a statement that “we would much rather be grounding her for this mistake than never hearing her laughter fill the house again.”
Ore. bus driver praised for actions to prevent accident
November 1, 2012
As Pam Alley’s bus is stopped on a two-lane highway while students are crossing the road, she notices a log truck approaching from behind the bus, and it is not slowing down. After the students clear the road, Alley swerves to the left as the truck driver veers off the road to the right, reportedly missing the bus by inches.
2 killed in Ky. school bus accident
October 31, 2012
An initial investigation by the Kentucky State Police into Monday’s crash shows that the bus left the roadway for reasons that are unknown, partially overturned onto its side and then hit a tree. Officials say that the bus was equipped with seat belts, and it appears that they were in use by all occupants at the time of the crash.
Analysis finds buses speeding in school zones
October 30, 2012
Automated speed cameras are installed in school zones in Baltimore, and $40 tickets are issued to vehicles recorded driving at least 12 mph over the speed limit. The Baltimore Sun reports that county public school buses have triggered the cameras more than 100 times in the past two years, privately owned buses have received at least 800 citations and city-owned buses have accumulated more than 50.
Speakers draw safety lessons from school bus tragedies
October 25, 2012
Keynote speakers at the NAPT Summit share some powerful safety messages — powerful in particular because they are based on fatal school bus accidents. The family of Hunter Pitt, who was killed when his bus ran over him, watches a video they worked on with Missouri organizations.
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.

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