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Report: School bus driver faulted in fatal Idaho crash
January 16, 2014
In last month's school bus crash near Kuna, Idaho, investigators reportedly believe that the bus driver stopped at a stop sign and then pulled into the path of an approaching dump truck. One student was killed and four others were injured in the collision at a rural intersection.
Seon makes ‘school bus safety predictions’ for 2014
January 15, 2014
In a new post on the video surveillance provider’s blog, Seon Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses the company’s outlook on such pertinent issues as school bus routing and tracking software, surveillance technology and bullying.
Student who took over bus from drunk driver up for award
January 13, 2014
The Ontario Provincial Police nominates Brianne St. Onge for a citizen’s award for ordering her school bus driver, who appeared to be drunk, to pull over and hand her the keys while she called police from her cell phone last June. Driver Keith Rawson’s Breathalyzer test showed he had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
Positive experiences with seat belts
January 13, 2014

In the debate on whether seat belts are a good fit for large school buses, it seems that the best insight comes from those who actually have experience with the restraints in their fleet. SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon hit the road in November to visit Buellton USD and another district in Santa Barbara County, Goleta USD. Both had interesting perspectives to share about their fleets and the environments in which they operate.

Boy fatally struck by truck while trying to get to bus
January 9, 2014
Six-year-old Zion Toland was trying to cross Highway 178 in Orangeburg, S.C., on Wednesday morning to board his school bus when he was fatally hit by the pickup truck. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that the bus was making a U-turn and did not have its lights activated or stop arm extended.
City council approves $300 stop-arm running fine
January 8, 2014
The San Marcos (Texas) City Council has approved a $300 civil penalty for illegally passing a school bus following a 15-week study conducted by BusGuard, a company that provides stop-arm cameras for school buses, that shed light on the severity of the problem.
Survey finds 9 danger zone deaths in last school year
January 7, 2014
In the 2012-13 school year, six students in the U.S. were killed by vehicles passing their school bus, while three were killed by their bus. The findings come from the National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey, which the Kansas State Department of Education compiles each year.
Boy struck by school bus in New Jersey, later dies
January 7, 2014
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office says that while the bus was stopped to pick up children, “the victim began walking around the front of the bus” and “when the vehicle began moving forward again, it struck the child.” An investigation is ongoing, and counselors are made available throughout the district where the boy attended school.
School bus drivers train to take on active shooters
January 7, 2014
Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District spent a stimulating day learning how to respond to shooters and other security threats on the bus. The session included hands-on training on how to use the bus to throw an armed intruder to the floor and even how to physically disarm or incapacitate the intruder.
2 children left on North Dakota school bus
January 6, 2014
As the driver exits the bus, another driver sees a child looking out a window on the bus and reports it. The child is taken off the bus and transported to school, while the second child is discovered on a later search of the same bus. The general manager for the company that runs the bus says the incident was driver error and that the driver “should have done the walk-through.”
Driver who left child on bus expected to resign
January 2, 2014
Dan Danielson, who is also the transportation director at Algona (Iowa) Community School District, allegedly left Logan Cavin, a 4-year-old student, on a school bus for several hours on the morning of Dec. 19. Cavin was discovered at the school district's transportation facility at about 1 p.m. by another bus driver.
School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal
January 2, 2014
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
Teachers prevent driverless, speeding bus from overturning
December 31, 2013
Bus driver Michael Hacker speeds through a stop sign and makes a late turn, throwing him to the floor and causing the bus to veer into a ditch. Lee Morris, a sign-language interpreter, grabs the wheel and regains control of the bus, while fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan is able to reach the brake pedal by climbing around Hacker.
Editors’ picks: videos and photo gallery of the year
December 30, 2013
See the SBF staff's selections for the most interesting images and videos that appeared on our website in 2013. The top videos, both focused on student safety, demonstrate the "School Bus Jive" and the "School Bus Shuffle."
Crash averted when school bus stalls on train tracks
December 19, 2013
In Norwalk, Conn., a school bus reportedly experiences a mechanical malfunction as it is crossing railroad tracks, leaving it stranded. The bus driver evacuates the 40 elementary students on board, and the operator of an approaching commuter train is able to stop 10 feet before the bus.
Stats show safer roads
December 19, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s latest Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, there were 33,561 highway deaths in 2012. While that was a 3% increase from 2011, NHTSA officials pointed out that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.

Bus driver rear-ends bus, 15 students injured
December 17, 2013
The bus in front, which is transporting students for Florida’s Moody Elementary School, stops suddenly for heavy traffic. The driver behind the bus does not stop in time and will be cited for careless driving. All injured students are transported to hospitals, treated for minor injuries and released.
Parents ask for bus service to resume after fatal accident
December 12, 2013
Parents with children who attend two schools located near the site of a recent accident have started two online petitions to urge California's Etiwanda School District to resume bus service. Bus service for regular-education students was discontinued in the 2010-11 school year due to budget issues.
Man who stole bus to go to Detroit found not guilty
December 10, 2013
Josiah Daniel Curtis, 26, who broke into a Wyoming, Mich., school bus yard last year and stole a bus to drive to Detroit so that he could record music, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Curtis appeared in Michigan's Kent County Circuit Court for trial on multiple felony charges, including malicious destruction of property over $20,000 and vehicle theft.
1 killed in Idaho school bus crash with dump truck
December 5, 2013
The bus is transporting 10 children to an elementary school in Kuna, Idaho, on Thursday morning when it collides with a dump truck. A sixth-grader succumbs to injuries at the scene, and four other students are injured. “My heart goes out to the many students, families, and staff that have been impacted by this accident,” the district's superintendent says.

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