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<p>Two years ago, Suffolk Transportation completed the FTA&rsquo;s Homeland Security Assessment and made several upgrades, the biggest of which was bringing its entire fleet into its yards each night, ending vehicle park outs.</p>

School Bus Safety

Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security

Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.

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<p>Photo by John Horton</p> 8 Ways to Optimize the Use of School Bus Video Surveillance
To make sure you’re getting the best use of the surveillance systems on your buses, consider these eight practices that can help improve student behavior, identify training needs and support your drivers.
NTSB Chief Discusses Seat Belts, Safety Technologies
In this Q&A, Christopher Hart discusses with SBF the Chesterfield and Port St. Lucie crash investigations, lap belts and lap-shoulder belts for school buses, driver fatigue and other safety issues.
16 key school transportation issues in the New Year
NAPT News & Views: As we begin a new year, we want you to have a snapshot of the issues we consider front and center for our industry. Here are some issues on the NAPT public policy radar screen in 2015.
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Book on school bus safety
Go Where the Bus Goes, a new children’s book written by Lorraine Fletcher, a longtime school bus driver in Kentucky, addresses school bus safety.

Pre-trip inspection module
InterMotive’s new pre-trip inspection module is designed to automatically turn on and off all chassis-controlled exterior lights, including brake and reverse lights.

Recessed camera
To address the hazard of passenger head impact with cameras that are mounted in school buses and protrude several inches from the ceiling, REI introduced a low-profile, recessed camera that only extends 1 inch from the ceiling and creates a safe passenger zone.

Child-check safety kit
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association has developed a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children.

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<p>Keynote speaker Mark Aesch set the tone at School Bus Xchange (SBX) by encouraging attendees to identify the outputs of success for their operations. The event was held April 6-8 near Dallas.</p> PHOTOS: Highlights from School Bus Xchange

Here’s a look at the speakers, roundtables and other activities at the debut School Bus... Visit photo gallery

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