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Woman must wear 'fool' sign for incident on bus
December 5, 2012
Natasha Latrice Freeman boarded the bus in April and repeatedly struck her 11-year-old cousin and pulled the girl’s hair after a disagreement arose between the girl and Freeman’s son, according to the prosecutor in the case. She must wear for a week a sign that says, “I made a fool out of myself on a Bibb County Public Schools bus,” help wash a bus, serve five years on probation and pay $500 in attorney fees.
Woman sentenced for fatal bus-passing accident
November 15, 2012
Shirley McManners is sentenced to one year in prison and 14 years of probation for the December accident in which she struck and killed 17-year-old Brandy Hart after she exited her school bus. McManners pled guilty last month to a charge of vehicular homicide and apologized to Hart’s family.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Bird honors long-time employees
September 6, 2012
The company honors 66 employees with employment milestones of 35 years or greater during a ceremony. The employees are awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a gift of $50 per five-year employment increment.
$10K reward offered in bus arson case
August 28, 2012
The Georgia Arson Control Program funds the reward after two Catoosa County school buses are set alight in a fenced-off side lot. The buses, which cost about $90,000 each, are a total loss.
Ga. first lady promotes school bus safety
August 21, 2012
Sandra Deal tours the state to promote the “Stop Means Stop” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the need to stop for school buses. The issue has added urgency in Georgia, where three students were killed by illegally passing motorists in the last two school years on record.
First Student names Mich., Ga. location managers
August 17, 2012
John Kiraly manages all aspects of daily transportation operations for the location serving Saginaw (Mich.) Public Schools, including maintenance, safety and training. Jim Daniel oversees the facility in Savannah, Ga., including all aspects of safety, maintenance and training for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
Ga. district's stop-arm violation program goes live
August 16, 2012
Carroll County Schools installs high-resolution cameras on the front and rear driver’s side of school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. Violators are then issued a citation through the program operated by American Traffic Solutions.
With parent input, Atlanta adds 49 buses, 850 stops
August 16, 2012
Atlanta Public Schools conducts a district-wide review of its transportation system and takes in feedback on issues that have arisen since school started. The result is more buses, more stops and more crossing guards “to ensure that all students travel to and from their schools in a safe and efficient manner,” district officials say.
Parents can ride with students during trial bus runs
August 8, 2012
Cobb County School District in Marietta, Ga., will offer this opportunity to parents and guardians of incoming kindergarteners on Friday. Buses will travel complete routes to help introduce the district’s youngest students to the bus in preparation for the new school year.
Ga. district board approves stop-arm violation measure
July 23, 2012
Under the measure, Cobb County School District would sign an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to issue $300 citations to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The measure now awaits the approval of the Cobb Board of Commissioners.
Man faces charges for school bus sniper hoax
July 23, 2012
Earlier this year, Codarrius Rayshun Brewer claimed that he ran after a person pointing a gun at buses, and that the person shot at him. Now, authorities say Brewer has admitted to fabricating the story, and charges against him include making a false report and obstruction.
Another Ga. district to deploy stop-arm safety solution
May 30, 2012
Newton County Schools and American Traffic Solutions partner to equip the district's buses with CrossingGuard, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus to capture video of the stop-arm violation and still images of the vehicle's license plate. Carroll County Schools in Carrollton, Ga., in April announced its intent to equip its buses with CrossingGuard.
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Ga. district to deploy stop-arm safety solution
April 24, 2012
Carroll County Schools and American Traffic Solutions partner to equip the district's buses with CrossingGuard, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus to capture video of the stop-arm violation and still images of the vehicle's license plate.
Ga. team takes top honors at special-needs roadeo
March 12, 2012
Bus driver Kenny Moss and attendant Laura Lietch of Fulton County Schools in Fairburn, Ga., place first in the 15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, scoring 885 points out of a possible 1,002 points. Teams from Syracuse, N.Y., and Canton, Ga., take second and third place, respectively.
Ga., S.C. districts hit with bus driver shortages
March 6, 2012
One of the districts has been forced to double or triple routes to cope with the shortage. Recruitment and retention problems, as well as absenteeism, have contributed to the problem.
Ga. district installs Gasboy fleet fueling, management systems
September 1, 2011
Cherokee County School District is installing the systems at the second of four fueling sites for the county's 392 school buses. The turnkey solution includes Gasboy Atlas dispensers, Islander PLUS fleet management systems and Gasboy Fleet Head Office management software.

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