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LaHood sets agenda for second Distracted Driving Summit
September 14, 2010
The summit, scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., will also be Webcast live at www.distraction.gov, allowing those who can't attend to watch remotely and submit questions for panelists.
Report: Condition of state highways has improved
September 2, 2010
The Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report indicates that nationally, the percentage of urban interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000. Pavement conditions on urban interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and traffic fatalities have fallen to the lowest levels seen since the 1960s.
Video: Dad makes school bus sandwich
August 31, 2010
Kai Wilken helps his son eat healthy foods at school by creating sandwiches with lunchmeat, cheese, fruit and vegetables that feature everything from superheroes to cartoon characters. Among his other edible masterpieces is a school bus.
School redesigns parking lot, bus loading zone after accident
August 30, 2010
The new parking lot and bus loading zone are designed to create separate pick-up and drop-off areas for buses and vehicles. A committee of school officials headed up the effort to improve safety.
Civil citation sought for illegal bus passing
August 23, 2010
While law enforcement cannot issue a citation unless an officer was present to see the violation, Frederick (Md.) County Public Schools officials want to cite drivers and charge a fine for passing a school bus illegally in the city of Frederick.
Former bus driver sentenced in Minnesota accident
August 19, 2010
Westal John Maine is given 10 days in jail and fined $135 for moving his school bus without ensuring that 6-year-old Evan Lee Lindquist was out of the way. Maine's jail time was suspended under the conditions that he speak to area bus drivers on safety and reach out to Lindquist's family.
Bus crash shows need for mass casualty event recovery planning
August 18, 2010
Those plans should also cover field trips, security expert Michael Dorn writes following the fatal school bus accident in Missouri. Emergency preparedness measures include programming student, staff and chaperone information into the emergency notification system.
Bus safety messages abound for new school year
August 18, 2010
School districts, contractors, state highway patrol officials and others have issued reminders to motorists and tips to parents and students to ensure students’ safety in 2010-11. Reminders for motorists include stopping for school buses while tips for parents include accompanying their children to their bus stops whenever possible.
System blocks calls, texts to prevent distracted driving
August 18, 2010
Cellcontrol technology can prevent drivers of school buses and other fleet vehicles from making phone calls, text messaging, e-mailing and Web browsing when a vehicle is moving. The system also reports idle time, mileage and speed capturing.
We couldn’t do it without you
August 17, 2010

You’re dedicated to the safe transportation of students, first and foremost. But your dedication also continues to spill over to our magazine.

U.S. DOT proposes seat belts on all new motorcoaches
August 16, 2010
NHTSA is seeking public comment on the proposal for the next 90 days. The proposal is the latest in U.S. DOT efforts to improve motorcoach safety, including a Motorcoach Safety Action Plan released earlier this year.
District, communities respond to Missouri bus crash
August 9, 2010
Students will begin classes at St. James School District this Thursday, a week after a fatal accident involving two school buses. Counselors will be on hand and the district is also organizing a fundraiser dinner/silent auction to support those affected by the incident. A vigil and a service were held last Friday for the teens killed in the crash.
AngelTrax offers new high-resolution cameras
August 6, 2010
The mobile surveillance system manufacturer adds the TR3600WPB, TR3600WPR and TR3600WPL IP 68 waterproof cameras to its line of PeriOptic lens TR series units. The company says they are designed to provide unparalleled external coverage and omit potential operator blind spots when paired with an onboard monitor.
Alabama bus driver has perfect attendance
August 6, 2010
In almost 30 years of serving Calhoun County Schools, Jackie Hightower has never missed a day of work. She cites the example set by her parents, being around the students she transports and a desire to be a good employee as motivating factors.
2 killed in crash involving school buses
August 5, 2010
In an accident on a Missouri highway, a pickup truck slams into the back of a tractor trailer cab that had slowed for traffic. A school bus strikes the pickup from behind and is rear-ended by the other bus. A girl on one of the buses is fatally injured, as is the driver of the pickup.
Driver of school bus allegedly leaves crash scene
August 5, 2010
Maine police are investigating the hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier this week. It was reported that the bus struck the rear end of a car, pushing it off the road, and then the driver continued on the highway.
Don't dismiss this idea
August 5, 2010

What else can be done to protect students from stop-arm runners? There’s one approach that, despite its long record of effectiveness, is only required in one state.

School bus driver reflects on I-35 bridge collapse 3 years later
August 2, 2010
Driver Kim Dahl, whose back was broken during the bridge collapse, kept the school bus in place while all the passengers, including two of her children, evacuated safely out of the rear emergency door.
Bus driver celebrates 50 years with district
August 2, 2010
Not long after high school, Donald Arndt was approached by school board members for the School District of Marion in Wisconsin who asked him if he would be interested in maintaining the district's buses. While was doing vehicle maintenance, a school bus driver position became available.
Fire Suppression Systems Protect Assets, Save Lives
August 2, 2010

Manufacturers of fire suppression systems for school buses provide product details and discuss the benefits of installation.

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