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Panic button alerts students to passing cars
October 1, 2013
With a new feature from Transportation Safety Products, the school bus driver can push a button if vehicles pass beyond a certain point while the bus is stopped to load or unload students. The button activates an audible warning and emergency strobe lights to alert children of the danger.
Students Breck Bryan (left), John Watson and Samantha Mazzara nominated winning school bus driver Leslie Andrews in the Children's Choice contest.
Kids pick Leslie Andrews as school bus driver of the year
October 1, 2013
Four students nominated Andrews, a driver for Pender County (N.C.) Schools, in the annual Children's Choice contest. Two of those students tie for first place for their essays about Andrews, who one says "loves helping people of all ages and wouldn’t hurt a fly."
Casey Middleton of Oklahoma placed first in the school bus inspector category.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
REI updates stop-arm camera to capture four lanes
October 1, 2013
The company’s A.R.M.O.R.-StopArm solution can now capture stop-arm violators in four lanes of traffic. The multiple cameras with different focal length lenses deliver clear video, and officials say the front and back license plates are recorded from both directions.
A Korean War veteran, bus driver John Stickels has worked for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District, first as a middle school history teacher, since 1958, and he continues to drive on a regular basis.
Bus driver still at the wheel, serving community at 83
October 1, 2013
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District bus driver John Stickels has served his community for the past 55 years as a school bus driver, coach and Boy Scouts of America troop leader, and he has been named Pecos Educator of the Year twice by the city of Pecos, Texas. He retired from teaching in 1998 and tells SBF this may be the year he retires from driving.
Tags: history, Texas
“Unauthorized Rider” demonstrates the need to plan ahead when confronted with an attempt by an unauthorized person to board the school bus.
DVD trains on school bus trespassing response
October 1, 2013
“Unauthorized Rider,” produced by the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) and the Annandale Police Department, demonstrates the need to plan ahead when confronted with an attempt by an unauthorized person to board the school bus, and what to do if these situations arise. MSBOA Executive Administrator Shelly Jonas tells SBF how production of the video came about.
STI uses EarthLink cloud workspace, hosting
September 30, 2013
The school bus contractor will use these virtual services for its IT infrastructure, which will help in controlling numerous applications, extend secure access to employees on any device at any location, rapidly fold in new customers and acquisitions, and satisfy its audit requirements, officials say.
Georgia’s Paulding County Schools combats illegal bus passing
September 30, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions to equip its buses with the company’s CrossingGuard system, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
Sleep apnea bill passes House, NASDPTS adds support
September 27, 2013
The House unanimously passes the bipartisan bill that aims to prevent the FMCSA from issuing guidance on sleep apnea testing for commercial drivers without a formal rulemaking. The state directors association joins NSTA and other groups in advocating for the legislation, which the Senate will now consider.
NAPT and NASDPTS will hold their annual gatherings in Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo by Rachel Kramer
Grand Rapids conferences to cover crash results, security, KPIs
September 26, 2013
Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NAPT and NASDPTS members in a joint session. He is expected to discuss recent crash investigation results and recommendations. Also during the joint session, attendees will watch the film “Impact: After the Crash,” which reenacts the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., and shares inspirational stories of survivors.
Fire suppression system receives UL certification
September 26, 2013
FMNA — formerly Fogmaker North America — receives the Underwriters Laboratories certification for its water mist Automatic Fire Suppression System. The certification, which included both system and component-level testing, focused on life cycle operation, environmental tests, product performance and overall durability.
Tags: bus fires
Free webinar to target total cost of ownership
September 26, 2013
Officials from Thomas Built Buses will explain what total cost of ownership (TCO) is, identify the three pillars of TCO, and discuss other aspects of the topic. The web seminar will take place on Oct. 15.
Pennsylvania bill would allow for stop-arm cameras on buses
September 26, 2013
School districts and bus companies would be permitted to equip their buses with the technology to capture illegal bus passers under House Bill 1580. Rep. Seth Grove, who introduced the legislation, says utilizing the cameras “can provide increased accountability of drivers and remove the burden from school bus drivers to bear witness to all facets of the violations when their primary goal is to ensure the safe transportation of the children in their charge.”
Review of accidents finds school buses safe
September 25, 2013
The Democrat and Chronicle reviews three years’ worth of data from the New York Department of Education on school bus crashes and injury accidents, finding that the greatest danger to students comes from other motorists. For example, in 51 of the local crashes, or 30%, buses were rear-ended, most often by a motorist who failed to notice the school bus stopped in the roadway for students to disembark, or at the railroad crossing in front of them.
Georgia’s Clayton County Schools deploys stop-arm cameras
September 25, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions, equipping buses in its fleet with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution. The system mounts cameras and sensors on the side of a school bus, and when the stop arm is deployed, the sensors automatically detect a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction.
California driver training specialist Leann Kenley to retire
September 24, 2013
Kenley is set to step down from her position at the California Department of Education's Office of School Transportation on Sept. 30. State pupil transportation director Anna Borges tells SBF that Kenley has made significant contributions to the California pupil transportation community, particularly in the area of special needs.
Crosspoint Kinetics launches new hybrid system
September 24, 2013
Company officials say the S3000 hybrid system is available for small to mid-size school buses. The system interfaces to a vehicle and generates 100% of its own electricity during deceleration or braking.
New Stertil-Koni lift offers more flexibility
September 24, 2013
The ST 1085 features a lifting capacity of 18,500 lbs. per column and is equipped with extra-long adjustable pick-up forks of 14 inches, making it well suited to safely raise all types of vehicles, including those with super single tires, according to the company. The lift also features a system that makes it possible to operate columns individually, in pairs or as a complete set with the touch of a single button.
All-Star Transportation driver helps family during fire
September 20, 2013
Heidi Ouellette spots the house fire while on her morning route, secures her bus and approaches the house, where she coaches a woman who had climbed through a window on the second floor of the house and onto the roof to come down. She also helps an elderly woman safely exit the house.
Seon Design ranked as No. 1 video surveillance provider
September 20, 2013
The company achieves the designation in the 2013 edition of IHS Electronics & Media’s bi-annual report on the mobile surveillance market. A company’s ranking is based on annual sales revenue.

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