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School bus drivers honored for saving students from fire
November 24, 2015
Sammy Agunbiade of Houston, Texas, rushes the 30 students off the bus when he hears popping sounds and smells something strange. The bus explodes into flames as a second bus driver comes to take the students farther away from the bus.
Teen motorist sentenced for death of girl boarding school bus
November 23, 2015
Michael Shelly, the 18-year-old Pennsylvania driver who fatally struck 16-year-old Minete Zeka while she was crossing an intersection to board her bus last year, is sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months in prison and five years of probation.
SureBus by Fortress Mobile: Real-Time Monitoring, Real Time Peace of Mind
November 19, 2015
Introducing SureBus: a powerful, comprehensive fleet data management solution for school buses, with live GPS tracking and real-time video for dispatchers and operations staff.
School bus driver recognized for response after plane crash
November 19, 2015
Sandy Jett of Ohio quickly backs away from smoke, fire and downed power lines caused by a fatal plane crash on her route. Her supervisor commends her for preventing students from seeing the accident and keeping them calm.
Texas district’s new school buses to include 3-point seat belts
November 18, 2015
The Houston Independent School District made the decision after NHTSA updated its position to suggest that students should have access to three-point seat belts.
Weighing the costs and benefits of safety technologies
November 18, 2015

Pedestrian detection technology could be ideal for a school bus on an urban route. ESC is particularly beneficial for a bus traveling at higher speeds.

Nissan pulls controversial ‘school bus race’ ad
November 17, 2015
After NAPT leads an outcry over the Nissan commercial, which shows a father and son racing a yellow bus to school, the automaker takes it off the air.
Last Chowchilla school bus kidnapper seeks parole
November 17, 2015
Frederick Woods, one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver, has a parole hearing scheduled for Thursday. A congresswoman and a retired state appellate judge say that he has served enough time.
School bus overturns, no one hurt
November 17, 2015
A driver in Tennessee apparently blacked out and lost control of the bus, and it then jumped the curb and flipped over. The driver and aide were the only passengers aboard.
Seon unveils 3 new products, contest winners
November 12, 2015
The company launches an in-vehicle mobile data terminal, a cloud-based service and an online portal for real-time bus arrival notifications. It also names anti-bullying grant program and coloring contest winners.
Never forget the danger of leaving a child behind
November 6, 2015

The death of autistic student Paul Lee, who was left on his school bus, is a tragic reminder of the importance of thoroughly checking every bus after every run.

District considers school bus cameras after alleged assault
November 6, 2015
Johnston (Iowa) Community School District already has cameras on two of its 75 buses, but may equip the whole fleet with them after a driver was charged with assaulting a special-needs student.
New York association releases results of illegal school bus passing survey
November 5, 2015
Bus drivers that participated in the New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s survey on Oct. 21 were passed a total of 492 times. Applied to over 50,000 school buses statewide, the total estimated illegal passing rate is 19,129 for that day.
School bus driver accused of using cell phone with kids on board
November 4, 2015
An investigation by New York State Police and school district officials leads to the bus driver being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Man charged with OWI in crash that flipped school bus
November 3, 2015
Police in Iowa allege that an SUV driver was intoxicated when he crashed into a school bus carrying 32 students. The bus rolled around and landed back on its wheels.
No injuries as car crashes head-on into school bus
November 2, 2015
Police in Pennsylvania say that a stopped school bus was about to discharge students when a car failed to stop in time and slid into the front of the bus.
Special-needs students rescued from flooded school bus
November 2, 2015
Four special-needs students and two adults were rescued from a bus caught in floodwaters caused by a severe storm in Texas. Meanwhile, three students and two adults were rescued from another flooded bus in the area, and no injuries were reported.
Boy fatally struck by school bus after trying to retrieve backpack
October 28, 2015
A 5-year-old student in Alabama dropped his backpack in front of the bus. The bus driver started to pull away when she didn’t see him come out of his house.
3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns
October 26, 2015

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency evacuations? Transportation directors with years of three-point belt use on their buses share their insights.

Boy hit by truck while trying to board school bus
October 23, 2015
In Mississippi, a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a truck as he was crossing the road to board a school bus was airlifted to the hospital. He is responsive and has a broken leg, sources say.
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