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20 Ways to Bolster Safety
July 29, 2010

From loading procedures to proper footwear to student discipline, pupil transportation professionals share their tips for reducing risks on and off the bus.

2nd national distracted driving summit scheduled
July 28, 2010
At this year's event, experts from around the country will explore accomplishments since the first summit, as well as the many challenges that lie ahead. Key topics will include research, technology, policy, public outreach and best practices in enforcement.
First Student honors veteran school bus drivers, aides
June 23, 2010
Sixty-five of the contractor’s employees have served their communities for 40 years or more. In other news, First Student parent company FirstGroup America is raising awareness for National Safety Month by reminding motorists to turn off mobile devices while driving.
Georgia becomes 28th state to ban texting while driving
June 14, 2010
The anti-texting-while-driving law also forbids cell phone use for young drivers with a provisional license.
Vermont becomes 27th state to ban texting while driving
June 3, 2010
The new law, effective June 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.
Pennsylvania DOT to expand access to driving records
March 30, 2010
School districts will receive the entire driving history of school bus driver applicants at no cost, and contractors will have the option of paying $5 per record or an annual fee of $200 for unlimited access. The policy change comes after a school bus driver with a spotty driving history was involved in a fatal crash last month.
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.
Traffic fatalities hit record low in ’09
March 12, 2010
According to early projections from the U.S. DOT, last year's fatality rate, which takes into account the number of miles traveled, reached the lowest level ever recorded. Still, officials say more must be done to reduce distracted and impaired driving.
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.
Victims' families form distracted driving organization
January 14, 2010
FocusDriven, a direct outgrowth of September’s Distracted Driving Summit, is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and aims to provide support for victims of accidents and their families.
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...
Distracted drivers a factor in vehicle-train crashes
September 28, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal statistics show that inattentive drivers contribute to approximately 3 percent of all vehicle-train crashes at highway-rail grade crossings.
DOT releases Distracted Driving Summit agenda
September 22, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the agenda for the Distracted Driving Summit to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1...
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.

DOT sets dates for distracted driving summit
August 25, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold its summit on distracted driving Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
NTSB official urges focus on distracted driving
October 23, 2008
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker spoke before the International Symposium on Distracted Driving in Arlington, Va., emphasizing the hazards caused by driver distractions.

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