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Driver keeps students safe during bus breakdown
October 2, 2013
Robin Smith, a bus driver for Florida’s Volusia County Schools, safely evacuates the students from her bus and keeps them calm after she notices smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. A parent who was at the scene praises Smith for her actions.
Panic button alerts students to passing cars
October 1, 2013
With a new feature from Transportation Safety Products, the school bus driver can push a button if vehicles pass beyond a certain point while the bus is stopped to load or unload students. The button activates an audible warning and emergency strobe lights to alert children of the danger.
REI updates stop-arm camera to capture four lanes
October 1, 2013
The company’s A.R.M.O.R.-StopArm solution can now capture stop-arm violators in four lanes of traffic. The multiple cameras with different focal length lenses deliver clear video, and officials say the front and back license plates are recorded from both directions.
DVD trains on school bus trespassing response
October 1, 2013
“Unauthorized Rider,” produced by the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) and the Annandale Police Department, demonstrates the need to plan ahead when confronted with an attempt by an unauthorized person to board the school bus, and what to do if these situations arise. MSBOA Executive Administrator Shelly Jonas tells SBF how production of the video came about.
Georgia’s Paulding County Schools combats illegal bus passing
September 30, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions to equip its buses with the company’s CrossingGuard system, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
Fire suppression system receives UL certification
September 26, 2013
FMNA — formerly Fogmaker North America — receives the Underwriters Laboratories certification for its water mist Automatic Fire Suppression System. The certification, which included both system and component-level testing, focused on life cycle operation, environmental tests, product performance and overall durability.
Review of accidents finds school buses safe
September 25, 2013
The Democrat and Chronicle reviews three years’ worth of data from the New York Department of Education on school bus crashes and injury accidents, finding that the greatest danger to students comes from other motorists. For example, in 51 of the local crashes, or 30%, buses were rear-ended, most often by a motorist who failed to notice the school bus stopped in the roadway for students to disembark, or at the railroad crossing in front of them.
Georgia’s Clayton County Schools deploys stop-arm cameras
September 25, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions, equipping buses in its fleet with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution. The system mounts cameras and sensors on the side of a school bus, and when the stop arm is deployed, the sensors automatically detect a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction.
Yellow bus laws: Is driver's ed doing enough?
September 25, 2013

I’ve often asked myself why you should have to educate the public on school bus safety laws. I’ve always believed it’s something that people should learn in driver’s education class.

Seon Design ranked as No. 1 video surveillance provider
September 20, 2013
The company achieves the designation in the 2013 edition of IHS Electronics & Media’s bi-annual report on the mobile surveillance market. A company’s ranking is based on annual sales revenue.
New PSAs depict the dangers of stop-arm running
September 17, 2013
The School Bus Safety Co. and the Child Safety Network created the five free videos, some of which show dramatizations of fatal stop-arm running incidents. A link to the PSAs is being distributed to more than 5,000 school districts with a request to share them with local media.
Florida bus driver remembers 9/11 in letter to editor
September 17, 2013
Bus driver Peter Schuhl recounts how, when picking up 22 high school students after school that afternoon, the students sat quietly for a few minutes, then began singing “God Bless America,” “America The Beautiful” and the national anthem, inspired by the two foreign exchange students who joined in.
School buses: no trespassing
September 17, 2013

As with stop-arm running, an important component in any campaign against school bus trespassing is public awareness. Parents and others need to know that they are prohibited from boarding the bus.

Entire Blue Bird line completes Altoona testing
September 16, 2013
The school bus manufacturer’s line of Vision, All American and Micro Bird buses have been tested, and Blue Bird is reportedly the only large bus manufacturer to have its full line successfully complete the test. The test covers such criteria as maintainability, reliability, safety, structural integrity and performance.
Students sprayed with antifreeze on school bus
September 13, 2013
The incident occurred as the bus was leaving school grounds — an antifreeze line on the vehicle burst. Three of the students who were sprayed sustained minor skin irritation, while another student suffered first-degree burns.
Washington state superintendent backs stop-arm cameras
September 13, 2013
More than 1,500 school bus passing violations were counted in Washington's one-day survey earlier this year. Under state legislation passed in 2011, school districts have the authority to equip buses with stop-arm cameras, and state Superintendent Randy Dorn is urging districts "to look into whether installing the cameras is the right thing for that community.”
District reinstates busing with fee, courtesy service for dangerous routes
September 12, 2013
Lake County (Fla.) Schools students who lost courtesy bus service because they live within 2 miles of their schools will now be able to pay a $1 or $2 fee to ride the bus. Additionally, the district will restore free bus service for students within the 2-mile zones who have dangerous walking routes that include crossing roadways with high speeds or multiple lanes.
Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
Zonar, Child Check-Mate integrate technology for enhanced bus safety
September 12, 2013
Districts utilizing both Child Check-Mate’s technology and Zonar’s GPS/telematics solution can now verify that the Child Check-Mate System is active on each bus and receive instant alerts if movement is detected after hours.
NAPT News & Views — Like fire drills, shooter drills are vital
September 12, 2013

We need to develop a proactive approach — meaning run purposefully, hide intelligently and fight fiercely, in that order (fight only as a last resort) — to an active shooter scenario and teach it to everyone, especially students. The drill should be done in conjunction with local law enforcement personnel.

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