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Bus drivers who use cell phones could lose licenses
September 6, 2011
Wisconsin school bus drivers who use cell phones while operating a bus with students on board could lose their licenses under a new measure proposed by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman. Drivers would be fined $200 for a first offense and $500 for a second.
New solution from Zonar, ZoomSafer targets distracted driving
August 23, 2011
The companies partner to improve fleets’ ability to manage employee cell phone use while driving.
Cell phone ban proposed for truck, bus drivers
December 21, 2010
Federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The restriction would apply to school bus operations by private operators in interstate commerce, according to the proposal.
Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
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.
Safety hotline keeps bus drivers in check
April 27, 2010
When a North Carolina student noticed that her school bus driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt, she knew whom to call. The reason? An innovative pilot program has stickers inside buses with a phone number for reporting violations.
Laws of common sense
April 6, 2010

Sometimes we need to be protected from legislators. But sometimes they really do have our protection in mind.

Bus driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide
March 16, 2010
District attorney says Pennsylvania school bus driver was driving “in an extremely reckless manner” when his bus struck a car, killing the passenger. The driver was also reportedly responsible for a non-bus related fatal crash in 1999. Watch footage from the February incident here.
States weigh cell phone bans
February 9, 2010
Nebraska and Massachusetts both have bills in the works to ban school bus drivers’ use of cell phones and other wireless devices while the bus is in motion.
Study: Cell phone bans don’t cut crashes
February 9, 2010
A new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute finds no reduction in crashes after laws that ban hand-held phone use while driving go into effect. But the researchers point out that several studies have shown that phoning while driving increases crash risk.
FMCSA clarifies texting ban
February 2, 2010
An agency official explains that the new texting ban for truck and bus drivers only applies to school bus drivers in limited cases. A forthcoming proposed rule may affect school bus drivers not currently covered.
Feds ban texting for bus, truck drivers
January 26, 2010
The prohibition, effective immediately, is the latest in a series of actions taken by the U.S. DOT to combat distracted driving after a national summit on the issue in September. Violators may face fines of up to $2,750.
FirstGroup supports efforts to reduce distracted driving
October 19, 2009
The company backs U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s proposal that would restrict cell phone use and ban text messaging for commercial drivers....
Feds aim to crack down on texting bus drivers
October 5, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A forthcoming federal rulemaking will seek to disqualify school bus drivers convicted of texting while driving from maintaining th...
Cell phones and texting: blessing or curse?
September 1, 2009

The headline above is also one of the hottest questions inside the Washington, D.C., beltway right now. As with all things, the answer depends on whom you ask and in what context.

Minnesota Legislature votes to change Type III driver requirements
May 1, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Under a bill passed by the Minnesota State Legislature, drivers licensed to operate Type III vehicles for school districts would be...
Louisiana bill would ban cell phone use by bus drivers
April 23, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana House transportation committee last week approved a bill that would prohibit bus drivers from talking on a cell phone ...
Industry urges cell phone ban
March 1, 2007

Officials from across the pupil transportation industry combined their voices in calling for restrictions on cell phone use by school bus drivers.

NSTA adopts seat belt policy
March 1, 2007

TUCSON, Ariz. — The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) adopted two key position statements, one on seat belts and use of cell phones by bus drivers.

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