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Drug, alcohol clearinghouse for CDL drivers proposed
February 20, 2014
Federal officials say that the clearinghouse would make it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with drug and alcohol regulations. A spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that all employers of CDL holders, including school bus drivers, would have to have programs to satisfy the proposed rule.
NYAPT denounces bus driver’s DWI
September 9, 2013
The driver was reportedly having difficulty navigating a barrier at a gas station after dropping off students at their school, and police administered a sobriety test prior to charging the driver with driving while intoxicated. Richard Gallagher, president of the New York association, says, “… we see in this instance that the actions of one school bus driver spoil our record of safety for the more than 2.3 million children who ride yellow school buses to and from school each day."
Bret Brooks offers guide on drug abuse
June 3, 2013
The new book gives details on the warning signs of drug abuse, paraphernalia usage and drug-related violence. Brooks, an instructor and consultant, says that "anyone that has children or works around children will find the information in the book to be very useful."
DOT: 'Recreational' pot still off-limits for bus drivers
December 3, 2012
Addressing some states' recent initiatives to allow so-called "recreational" use of marijuana, the Department of Transportation clarifies that the initiatives will have no bearing on the agency's drug testing program for safety-sensitive transportation employees — including school bus drivers.
State directors: Why we do it this way
September 25, 2012

State pupil transportation directors discuss their states’ school bus specs and procedures that stand out, from fluorescent driver seat belts to buffer zones at the back of the bus.

Feds’ sweep takes 287 bus, truck drivers off the road
June 26, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol strike force also results in pending enforcement actions on more than 128 truck and bus companies for alleged violations, such as using a driver who has tested positive for illegal drugs or not instituting a testing program.
New Ill. law targets bus driver drug, alcohol testing
December 28, 2011
Under legislation that will take effect Jan. 1, school bus operations can test drivers for alcohol or drugs if the driver is suspected of using such substances. If a driver refuses to submit to a test or fails it, the law requires the driver's school bus permit to be suspended for three years.
Driver sentenced for DUI in special-needs bus crash
December 30, 2010
A bus driver who injected heroin while operating a special-needs bus for a Pennsylvania school district in 2009 and subsequently crashed will serve up to 23 months in jail.
30 million Americans drove drunk in 2009
December 9, 2010
A survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that in the past year, 13.2 percent of drivers 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol, and 4.3 percent drove while under the influence of illicit drugs.
Proactive Employers Keep Operations Substance-Free
September 30, 2010

Pupil transportation officials have a zero-tolerance attitude toward on-the-job drug and alcohol use, and staff members undergo testing frequently. Experts say that understanding the effects of these substances and learning how to recognize signs of abuse are integral to maintaining a safe workplace.

Adventures in Pupil Transportation
September 28, 2010

Bomb threats. A bus stalling on train tracks. Even a spider outbreak? A veteran transportation director discusses the challenges and the excitement of a career in the school bus industry — along with some fascinating anecdotes.

FMCSA sweep nabs 109 drivers
August 18, 2010
FMCSA strike force investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus and truck companies, including school bus drivers. As a result, 109 drivers were removed from the roads and more than 175 carriers face enforcement actions.
DOT proposes changes to drug and alcohol testing regulations
February 9, 2010
The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would align its regulated industry drug testing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ laboratory drug testing requirements. Proposed amendments include lowering cutoff levels for cocaine and amphetamines and conducting mandatory initial testing for heroin.
Bill aims to prevent students from being left on buses
February 4, 2010
Pennsylvania legislation would mandate that the State Board of Education implement a procedure that all school bus drivers must follow to make certain that no students are left behind. Drivers who leave passengers stranded would face fines. The bill would also toughen penalties for driving a bus under the influence.
Medical marijuana still off-limits for bus drivers
October 23, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation clarifies that the Department of Justice's guidelines on medical marijuana prosecution have no bearing on the drug testing program for safety-sensitive transportation employees....
Direct observation required for follow-up drug tests
September 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — School bus drivers and other CDL holders who fail or refuse to take a drug test will have to be directly observed in a test before...

Arizona school bus decals promote substance abuse awareness
April 4, 2008
PRESCOTT, Ariz. — MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, partnered with four area school districts to display signs on school buses ...
We're a healthy family, despite our weak links
February 1, 2001

It would be laughable, if it weren’t so outrageous. Two school bus drivers allegedly conspired with a kindergartner to cheat on a drug test. Acc...

Learn to Detect the Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
April 1, 2000

Even over-the-counter drugs, such as cough syrup and pain medication, can impair a driver’s abilities. Drivers and supervisors need to be aware of this and other substance-abuse facts.

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