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24% drop in behavior referrals reported with bus tip line
October 24, 2014
Students at Wentzville (Mo.) R-IV School District can call or text the school bus tip line to report bullying or other issues.
North Carolina cracks down on stop-arm running
October 21, 2014
Troopers across the state are focusing on illegal passing of school buses and other school-related traffic violations this week as part of Operation Stop Arm.
2 women questioned in school bus road rage incident
October 21, 2014
Students on a school bus in Philadelphia were arguing with five women in an SUV when the SUV driver cut off the bus, two women got out and one struck the vehicle with a baseball bat.
Mom uses iPad to catch stop-arm runners
October 16, 2014
Tracey Honig takes video of an 18-wheeler illegally passing her daughter’s school bus one morning. The video, posted on Facebook, has gotten thousands of views.
Firetrace offers methane detection system
October 16, 2014
The new Firetrace Methane Detection System is designed for the detection and early warning of dangerous levels of hydrocarbons in natural gas buses, according to the company.
Toddler fatally struck by school bus
October 14, 2014
After dropping off students, a school bus in Danville, Virginia, struck a 20-month-old boy who had made his way in front of the bus while it was stopped.
School bus drivers take students to shelter during tornado
October 14, 2014
Many of Harrison County (Ky.) Schools' buses were in a tornado warning area, and the bus drivers safely took students inside nearby buildings.
Teen arrested for showing gun to bus full of students
October 13, 2014
Students on a Kenton County (Ky.) School District bus alerted their driver to what they believed was a gun being pointed at the bus by a teenager, although the weapon was later discovered to be a BB gun. The driver shut the door, drove away and called police.
2 arrested for stealing special-needs school bus
October 8, 2014
The suspects allegedly stole the bus from a lot in Crownsville, Maryland, struck a tower with it, broke the windows, crashed it in the woods, and attempted to set it on fire before abandoning it. The suspects were apparently under the influence of alcohol and were looking for change to buy cigarettes, police say.
District cracks down on parents boarding buses
October 8, 2014
After a parent entered a school bus without the driver’s permission, the superintendent of Manalapan-Englishtown (N.J.) Regional School District told parents in a letter that future incidents will prompt an incident report to the police, an investigation into whether charges should be filed, and revocation of bus privileges for all children of the parent for the remainder of the year.
Woman arrested for following school bus
October 7, 2014
Scarlotte Freeman was allegedly following the bus for no apparent reason just yards away from Henry F. Moss Middle School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The bus driver immediately notified staff in the bus garage, who contacted school personnel, who worked with the police department. Police charged Freeman with disorderly conduct and harassment and spoke to four children who said Freeman tried to lure them into her vehicle.
School Bus Safety Co. offers new leadership course
October 6, 2014
The “Safety Leadership for School Bus Operations” training program has six units, providing five hours of instruction, followed by a 60-question final exam. Elements of the course will be integrated into NAPT’s Professional Development Series.
Former bus driver gets year in jail for student death
October 2, 2014
Troy Edward Daniels, a former bus driver for Jordan School District in Utah, is sentenced to a year in jail in connection with a student who was hit and killed by another bus after exiting his bus when Daniels failed to activate his red lights and signals or stop arm. He pleaded guilty as charged to class A misdemeanor reckless endangerment and class C misdemeanor failure to signal.
Truck driver pulled over hours before crash with school bus
October 2, 2014
About two hours before a logging truck crashed into a school bus and sent seven students and the driver to the hospital on Monday in Starke, Florida, Shannon Ford, the driver of the truck, was pulled over for inspection. An officer with the Florida Highway Patrol found a few safety violations but nothing that would put the vehicle out of service.
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run apologizes to family, donations spike for funeral
September 25, 2014
Efren Vences, the man accused of striking and killing 13-year-old Keith Jones at his bus stop Tuesday morning, apologized to the boy’s family on Wednesday, saying the incident was destroying him and that he couldn't tell what hit his car because it was dark out. Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me page set up to help cover funeral expenses has raised more than $16,000.
Driver falls asleep, crashes school bus into mobile home
September 24, 2014
Lakeisha Graham-Martin, who works for Darlington County (S.C.) School District, is facing a charge for running a stop sign during the accident, and the district has placed her on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash. Thirty-two students were on board at the time, and a couple of them had minor injuries.
Photoluminescent safety products offered for buses
September 23, 2014
Doran Manufacturing will bring MN8 Foxfire’s Advanced Photoluminescent Technology illuminating safety products to the bus and motorcoach markets. MN8 Foxfire uses a proprietary process to use light and energy to illuminate safety signs, adhesive strips and epoxy floor markings.
Bus driver dies after saving student from rolling bus
September 17, 2014
In Akron, Ohio, school bus driver Laura Zborowski was conducting emergency evacuation drills with students when the bus began to roll. Police say that Zborowski pushed a 10-year-old girl out of the path of the bus and attempted to board the bus to stop it, but the driver was pulled under the vehicle.
Student shocked with stun gun after misbehaving on school bus
September 16, 2014
A freshman student of Garinger High School in North Carolina was allegedly “causing problems on the bus” when a school resource officer tried to talk the student down and then restrained him before using his stun gun. Police said the officer shocked the student after he cursed at the officer and tried to punch him.
REI’s recessed camera designed to prevent head injuries
September 16, 2014
The supplier’s new camera extends 1 inch from the ceiling. Other features of the camera include adjustable viewing angles, high-resolution color and intelligent IR technology designed for viewing footage clearly day or night.
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