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Mom blogger’s video parody addresses school bus safety
August 27, 2015
Deva Dalporto partners with American Traffic Solutions on a back-to-school video titled "Bus, Don’t Move.” The spoof spotlights the need for parents and drivers to be careful in school zones and around school buses.
NTSB back-to-school event promotes safe transportation
August 25, 2015
The event features demonstrations on school bus safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and child safety seats.
Motorist strikes student trying to board school bus
August 25, 2015
A 16-year-old boy in Texas is hospitalized with several injuries after he tries to cross the street and a motorist, ignoring the bus’ red flashing lights and extended stop arm, drives around the bus and hits him.
Settlement reached in case of man striking girl boarding school bus
August 20, 2015
An $81,000 settlement was approved by a judge in North Carolina in a case involving a motorist who struck a girl as she was crossing the street to board the bus.
School bus crossing light allowed in Arkansas
August 20, 2015
Arkansas becomes the 15th state to allow the Gardian Angel safety lighting system for use on school buses.
School bus driver removed from route denies texting
August 17, 2015
Charles Ramey Jr., who was removed from the Knox County (Tenn.) Schools eligibility roster after an investigation found he was texting while driving a bus, says he picked up the phone, read a message from his employer and put the phone down.
$204K awarded for rail crossing safety campaigns
August 12, 2015
Operation Lifesaver and the Federal Highway Administration award grants to 13 states for public education projects that target students, school bus drivers, Spanish-speaking populations and the news media.
Tennessee district unveils school bus safety enhancements
August 11, 2015
Additional driver training, police riding buses and video systems are among Knox County Schools' new measures, which follow last year's fatal crash in which a school bus driver was texting.
Teen robbed at school bus stop
August 7, 2015
A gunman ordered a 13-year-old boy to empty his pockets and took his backpack. In response, Indianapolis Public Schools increases patrols around area bus stops and distributes safety tips to parents.
Kansas Highway Patrol conducting school bus inspections
August 6, 2015
Troopers are checking buses statewide until the beginning of the school session to ensure the vehicles comply with safety regulations. They are inspecting the lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and emergency spill kits.
Chowchilla school bus kidnapper paroled after 40 years
August 4, 2015
James Schoenfeld, one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver, was granted parole and will be released this week.
NHTSA chief: Some ‘unintended consequences’ of school bus seat belts are positive
July 31, 2015
In an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for what NHTSA may propose this fall.
District to equip school buses with REI stop-arm cameras
July 30, 2015
Bellevue (Neb.) Public Schools will equip 10 of its 78 school buses with cameras from the supplier. The cameras capture images from multiple angles and can automatically download them to the transportation director’s computer.
District to roll out student swipe card system on school buses
July 28, 2015
When boarding the bus, Kearney (Neb.) Public Schools students will tap an ID card on a card reader, and the bus driver will be able to see the student’s photo and assigned stop on a tablet.
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting
July 24, 2015
The agency's public meeting looks at the barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses, as well as other approaches aimed at increasing safety.
Beyond the Bus: Supporting Safe Ways to School for All Students
July 24, 2015

Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.

6 Ways to Instill Safety Culture Among Drivers
July 22, 2015

Making sure drivers commit to preventive behaviors and that they understand how to eliminate risk are key. Discussing near-miss incidents as a group has also proved to be effective.

Kansas district to add security cameras to school buses
July 21, 2015
Holcomb Unified School District 363 plans to install security cameras that will record video and audio inside its school buses, and track the buses’ location and speed, as part of a larger plan to boost safety and accountability.
NHTSA updates school transportation fatality data
July 21, 2015
The federal agency’s latest report shows that, on average, about 33 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year.
Girl escapes possible abduction at school bus stop
July 15, 2015
While the girl waited for her bus, a man allegedly tried to force her to come with him, but the girl broke free and ran home. Police are searching for the suspect.
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