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Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion
June 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm.
U.S. DOT unveils distracted driving campaign
April 3, 2014
The effort is the Department of Transportation's first-ever national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. Ads using the phrase “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” will run from April 7 to 15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.
NHTSA: 0.35% of fatal crashes were school transportation related
March 17, 2014
The latest federal data show that of the 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes from 2003 to 2012, 1,222 were classified as related to school transportation. A large majority (71%) of those killed in school transportation-related crashes in that 10-year span were occupants of other vehicles.
New NASDPTS paper details support for lap-shoulder belts
February 12, 2014
The new position paper elaborates on the state directors association’s recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation and use in school buses. NASDPTS lays out 10 supporting points for its position, including the limits of compartmentalization and the ability of current lap-shoulder belt systems to maintain bus capacity.
Stats show safer roads
December 19, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s latest Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, there were 33,561 highway deaths in 2012. While that was a 3% increase from 2011, NHTSA officials pointed out that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.

NHTSA’s David Strickland steps down
December 17, 2013
Strickland has served as administrator since 2010, during which time the agency has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation. Deputy Administrator David Friedman will reportedly serve as acting administrator after Strickland leaves.
NHTSA issues final rule requiring seat belts on motorcoaches
November 21, 2013
The rule, which amends FMVSS 208, applies to new over-the-road buses and to other types of new buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, except transit buses and school buses. Requiring seat belts could reduce fatalities by up to 44% and reduce the number of moderate to severe injuries by up to 45%, according to NHTSA.
NHTSA stats show traffic deaths rose in 2012
November 21, 2013
There were 33,561 highway fatalities in 2012, which was a 3% increase from 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Still, agency officials say that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.
Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives
October 15, 2013

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

New edition of School Transportation-Related Crashes released
May 9, 2013
The new statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that there was an average of 135 school transportation-related fatalities per year from 2002 to 2011.
NAPT News & Views — Safety performance: The silence is deafening
March 5, 2013

The public expectation of outstanding performance is now carved in stone based on decades of our industry doing just that. So, trying to get reporters interested in still another story about our safety record is challenging to say the least.

LaHood to step down as transportation secretary
January 29, 2013
Ray LaHood announces on Tuesday to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that he will not serve a second term, but he says he will stay on until his successor is confirmed. LaHood showed support for the pupil transportation industry during his term, calling for funding of a program to promote the benefits of yellow buses, attending industry events and taking on such issues as distracted driving.
Many recalled school buses haven't been fixed
November 20, 2012
About 250,000 school buses recalled from 2005 to 2010 have yet to be remedied, according to NHTSA officials. The average completion rate of mature recalls for school buses during that time period is 65%, which is lower than the completion rate for other vehicles, 68%.
NHTSA child restraints video now on DVD
November 13, 2012
For transporting very young children who must be secured in child safety restraint systems, the agency's free video covers the key steps of selection, direction, location and installation. It also demonstrates the proper placement of children in a safety restraint.
NHTSA updates school transportation crash stats
September 18, 2012
There were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes from 2001 to 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. That’s 0.34% of the total 363,839 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes during that time period.
NTSB calls for speed limiters on trucks, buses
July 13, 2012
In response to last year's motorcoach crash in New York City that killed 15 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all new heavy vehicles be equipped with advanced speed-limiting technology.
Exclusive interview: NHTSA chief David Strickland
June 21, 2012
On Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.
NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender
June 21, 2012

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an exclusive interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.

School buses excluded from stability control proposal
May 22, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require ESC systems on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses — but not school or transit buses. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, discusses the issue with SBF.
NAPT News & Views — Belts in buses: Will NTSB tip the scale?
April 26, 2012

The question of whether to install seat belts on large school buses has been an emotional, contentious issue for a very long time. School bus professionals with a particular interest in this issue should not miss NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart’s presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., this October. When he talks, everyone should be listening carefully.

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