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Bus driver honored as state conducts illegal-passing sweep
April 8, 2014
Charles Albertson, a bus driver for New York's Wappingers Central School District, was named the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and Mid Hudson Transportation Supervisors’ Association's School Bus Driver of the Year last week. Meanwhile, the state conducted its annual Operation Safe Stop initiative, bringing together school bus operations and law enforcement agencies to ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses.
The Ashland (Mass.) Police Department tweeted this photo of a school bus window that was shattered by a turkey’s miscalculated flight.
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
This cute shot from Canandaigua (N.Y.) City School District was a winner in last year’s SBF Photo Contest.
Enter SBF’s Photo Contest
April 8, 2014
SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
New Idaho law protects bus drivers who come to aid of students
April 8, 2014
Gov. Butch Otter approves Senate Bill 1232, which amends current law to provide that school bus drivers, while they are acting within the scope of their duties, will not be civilly or criminally liable for reasonably acting to assist a bus passenger whom the driver believes to be in imminent danger of harm or injury. The law will take effect on July 1.
Tags: Idaho
Investigators say they believe a school bus driver left his bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child. Photo by Prince George's County Police Department
Unattended school bus rolls, strikes student
April 7, 2014
Investigators say they believe the bus driver left the bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child who was standing on a corner. All five children have been released from the hospital, and the driver has been arrested on multiple charges.
Florida district buys 98 propane buses
April 7, 2014
Broward County Public Schools’ move is being called the nation’s largest single order of propane autogas school buses by a school district. Broward officials say that they expect a six-month return on investment for the additional purchase price of the alternative-fuel buses due to fuel cost and maintenance savings.
In observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, the transportation department at Woodward Public Schools has decorated its buses with blue ribbons.
Oklahoma district supports Child Abuse Awareness Month
April 7, 2014
The transportation department at Woodward Public Schools observes the cause in April by decorating its buses with blue ribbons, an international symbol for child abuse prevention. Transportation Director Rosetta Loomis tells a local newspaper that, “It is a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity.”
Tags: Oklahoma
Driver, nurse save 4 special-needs students from bus fire
April 4, 2014
Alfred “Al” Lewis pulls the bus over, opens the passenger door and window to let the smoke out, sprays the fire extinguisher into the vents, and gathers the students in wheelchairs and carries them outside to safety. Meanwhile, the nurse helps the other two students out of the rear door.
District revamps emergency procedures for special-needs students
April 4, 2014
Among the changes at Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools transportation department is the requirement for bus drivers to call 911 first when there’s a medical emergency, and bus drivers also receive more training in handling students with disabilities as well as undergo a new debriefing process when a medically fragile student has an issue. The changes are in response to the deaths of two special-needs students in 2012.
Students not seriously injured when bus overturns
April 4, 2014
The three children on a Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District bus are restrained in their wheelchairs when the bus is broadsided by a car. They are left hanging upside down and have to be cut free of their restraints, but they, along with the bus driver and attendant, only sustain minor injuries.
Suffolk Transportation launches child-check bus safety solution
April 3, 2014
The New York school bus contractor partners with Child Check-Mate System and Zonar for the system, which institutes multiple safety checks for sleeping or unseen children. When a child wakes up and moves around the vehicle, Child Check-Mate System’s Double Check feature will turn on the vehicle’s interior lights, speak to the child and activate Zonar’s system, which will send a message to bus company employees so they can respond.
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.
District launches security, transit management system
April 3, 2014
Dallas County Schools begins using Force Multiplier Solutions’ BusGuard. The security and transit management system includes real-time video and audio, GPS, a thumbprint scanner, and multiple interior cameras and stop-arm cameras.
Bill to increase bus-passing penalties approved by New York Senate
April 3, 2014
Senate Bill S.1878 would amend current law by adding a 60-day driver’s license suspension when an individual is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of 10 years. In late March, the bill was sent to the New York State Assembly’s transportation committee for consideration.
21 charged with cheating on CDL exams
April 2, 2014
Wednesday's arrests in the New York City region are part of an ongoing investigation into a commercial driver license test cheating scheme first revealed in September. The Manhattan district attorney says that the 21 defendants "are accused of fraudulently obtaining specialized licenses, putting at risk the lives of everyone who shares our roadways.”
Tags: CDL, New York
Peter Lawrence (inset) of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District completed his doctorate last week. In the binders and yellow bags pictured here are the books he used in writing his dissertation.
New York transportation director earns doctorate
April 2, 2014
After four years and countless hours of academic work, Peter Lawrence of Fairport Central School District achieves the title doctor of education. Here, he discusses the challenging process of getting the degree, how his dissertation tied in with pupil transportation and the skills he built that can help him in his career.
Tags: New York
Q'Straint opens new research facility with crash simulator
April 2, 2014
The company's new facility is aimed at advancing the safety and effectiveness of wheelchair passenger travel. It includes a HYGE crash simulation system and Phantom high-speed cameras to help study the dynamics in a crash environment as they relate to wheelchair passengers.
Houston district wins award for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
April 2, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a Bronze Telly from the Telly Awards for its educational safety video “School Bus Shuffle.” The awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the best video and film productions, and online commercials, videos and films.
Tags: Texas
DriveLogik monitors driver performance to improve behavior
April 2, 2014
The new technology, which can be used on school buses, features the Driver Awareness Panel, an in-vehicle display that provides drivers with coaching through visual and audible notifications to drive more efficiently. Company officials say that by helping to improve driving behavior, the product can deliver fuel savings of up to 10%.
Council to review easing bus safety light limits
April 1, 2014
The Calgary City Council wants to expand the areas where school buses can activate flashing safety lights or stop signs to halt traffic while children are unloading or boarding, since current bylaws only allow buses to use safety lights in some areas in the city. The issue was raised last month when a 7-year-old boy was struck by a car after unloading from a school bus.

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