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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.
Safe Fleet, subsidiaries launch anti-bullying program
July 15, 2015
“United Against Bullying” will offer tools, resources and funding to support initiatives to prevent bullying and abusive behavior. The program will include grant awards and a coloring contest.
Student honored for actions after school bus crash
July 14, 2015
Shayne Pierre, 15, received an award from the Montana Highway Patrol for assisting the injured drunken driver of the other vehicle, then returning to the bus to get the students to exit because he had noticed gasoline leaking from the vehicles.
Virginia district rolls out stop-arm camera program
July 10, 2015
Arlington Public Schools rolled out the program using American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard. Citations will be issued after a two-month warning period, as the school year begins.
School board member convicted of passing stopped school bus
July 8, 2015
Tichi Pinkney Eppes of Virginia said she waited behind the bus and that it looked empty, but the police officer who issued the citation testified that there were children exiting at the time. She is planning to appeal.
School bus driver who let parent on board gets suspension
July 7, 2015
The Florida driver pulled over to let a parent who was angry about her child’s missing phone board the bus, witness statements say.
Illinois group raises awareness of illegal school bus passing
July 7, 2015
A school bus driver, district transportation department director and local businesses partnered to form Students Take Our Priority (STOP), which aims to make motorists aware of the school bus stop arm and crossing arm.
Kentucky school bus driver fired after dragging incident
July 7, 2015
The district said that the driver failed to follow proper procedure in the May 15 incident because she was distracted by talking with another student and didn't check the stairwell before shutting the door.
More details on school bus driver in Tennessee crash
July 2, 2015
Autopsy results show that James Davenport, who was injured in the crash, died later of natural causes but was on several medications at the time of his death. However, earlier toxicology reports showed that he did not have drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
School bus driver killed in crash had heart attack
June 30, 2015
Autopsy and toxicology reports on New York driver Edwin Rivera DeJesus show he had an underlying heart condition, dispelling rumors that he was intoxicated during the accident.
North Carolina district aims to enhance safety in school bus boarding
June 25, 2015
Bus drivers for Wake County Public School System will begin using a new procedure that puts more time between alerting motorists that the bus is stopping and allowing students to cross the road.
School bus safety a key theme in Oregon conference
June 23, 2015
Emergency response, vehicle dynamics and crash prevention were among the topics covered during the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association’s annual gathering.
Accused Florida school bus shooter pleads not guilty
June 18, 2015
Edgar Robles, 16, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He is being tried as an adult and would face a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted.
School bus fatally strikes pedestrian
June 12, 2015
According to a preliminary investigation, a 58-year-old woman was crossing a street in Derwood, Maryland, when a school bus making a left turn struck her.
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