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Driver recognized for refusing to allow men to board bus
August 19, 2013
Deysi Nunez receives the California Highway Patrol Commander's Certificate of Commendation for her actions in the incident, and she will also be nominated for the department’s Bus Driver of the Year award. The men approach the bus and say something had been thrown out the window, and Nunez gets suspicious when they give conflicting answers when she asks if their car was damaged.
Georgia sees drop in stop-arm violations
August 19, 2013
In this year's one-day survey, 6,807 vehicles illegally passed stopped school buses in Georgia. That's down from 8,102 in 2011. Still, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge calls the numbers "very alarming" and urges the public to make student safety a priority.
First P-mark for bus fire suppression issued
August 15, 2013
As reported last year, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden established the voluntary P-mark certification/quality mark for fire suppression systems for the bus and coach industry. Now, the Compact Line system has earned the first P-mark, and several others are being tested at SP to obtain the mark.
New Safety Vision DVR monitor offers all-in-one solution
August 15, 2013
The Sentinel DVR Monitor combines an 8-inch LCD touch screen display, control box, and emergency backup battery with four camera inputs and a bonus input.
Former bus driver sentenced for staging fight
August 15, 2013
Patrice Sanders will serve 21 months in prison for her actions in the incident, and she must then serve four years’ probation. After two girls began fighting on the bus, Sanders drove them and the other passengers to her house, ordered everyone off the bus and allowed the girls to fight in her front yard.
NTSB to hold back-to-school safety event
August 13, 2013
The event in Rockville, Md., will feature demonstrations on school bus safety, pedestrian safety and the proper installation of child safety seats. Among the participants will be Deborah Hersman, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Todd Watkins, director of transportation for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Hersman tapped for 3rd term as NTSB chairman
August 13, 2013
President Obama moves to reappoint Deborah Hersman to continue leading the National Transportation Safety Board. Christopher Hart, who has been serving as vice chairman, is also nominated for another term on the board.
Former bus driver doesn’t regret breaking up fight
August 13, 2013
Leon Harris was seriously injured in 2003 after a student hit him with a fire extinguisher when he intervened in a fight between students on his bus. The story comes on the heels of a recent incident in Pinellas County, Fla., in which one school bus passenger was severely beaten by three others. The bus driver complied with district policy, commanding the students to stop fighting and radioing dispatch for help, but not physically intervening.
85K stop-arm violations in national count
August 13, 2013
This year’s survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services finds 85,279 violations in a single day, which is down from last year’s count of 88,025. More than half (57.5%) of the vehicles passed the buses from the front, while 42.5% of those counted passed the buses from the rear.
Arkansas launches school bus safety campaign
August 12, 2013
The three-week effort led by the state Department of Education will be used as an opportunity to remind motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. The effort will also seek to remind drivers that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.
Flag system shows that bus has been checked
August 12, 2013
The new Double Check Child/Safety System, conceived by a South Carolina school transportation director, is a reflective flag that can be secured at the back of the bus. At the end of a run, the driver walks to the back, checking for children, and then releases the flag so it hangs in the window — allowing supervisors to see that the bus has been inspected.
There are safer ways to back up a bus
August 8, 2013
Backing up school buses can be risky and dangerous, and drivers are often instructed not to reverse unless it's absolutely necessary. Backup camera systems can aid drivers in this task while also increasing safety by helping to prevent accidents.
Georgia district cracks down on stop-arm running
August 7, 2013
Marietta City Schools has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to outfit 10 more of its buses with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution, bringing the total number of buses to 12. When the bus’ stop arm is deployed, the system’s 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.
The right way to make a left
August 7, 2013

There’s no good way around it: We have to turn left sometimes, often without the “protection” of a solid green arrow. For school bus drivers, training to “perfect the art” of knowing the bus and how to steer it will allow them to focus on watching out for objects in the intersection.

State directors: NTSB findings will be 'roadmap' for enhancing safety
August 5, 2013
NASDPTS says that the federal agency's investigation of the Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash pointed out a number of student transportation concerns, including driver fatigue and medications. Also, NASDPTS says that the findings reinforce the association's support of lap-shoulder belts for school buses, as long as funding is made available for them.
Mom accused of punching child’s friend on bus
August 1, 2013
Jessica A. Brown is arrested and arraigned, and faces charges of simple assault against a child, unauthorized school bus entry, disorderly conduct and harassment. Documents state that the boy told police that Brown, who is the mother of one of his friends, punched him in his right eye.
Georgia district partners with Redflex, Blue Bird to curb stop-arm running
July 31, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to install the Redflex Student Guardian camera system, which is available from Blue Bird dealers like Blue Bird Parts and Service, on 100 school buses by Labor Day and then more later in the school year. The system monitors traffic in both directions, and evidence of potential violations, including video and photos, is submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.
Florida court: ‘Stand your ground’ applies to bus fights
July 30, 2013
A panel of Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that the law would allow a boy who got into a fight with a girl on a school bus to claim self-defense. The panel reversed a ruling by a Broward County circuit court judge who found the boy guilty of battery, saying the judge’s conclusion that the statute applied only to the use of deadly force in the protection of one’s home or vehicle was incorrect.
South Carolina stop-arm campaign gains momentum
July 29, 2013
During last week’s South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation annual conference and trade show, attendees hear from Sen. Thomas Alexander, who urges them to contact local legislators in support of a bill that would increase the penalties for stop-arm violators. Anderson School District Five's David Poag also reveals that he is incorporating the Steffi Crossing Enhancer as part of the educational component of his S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education campaign).
Seon Design unveils student ridership tracking
July 25, 2013
vMax Trac uses RFID technology to identify vehicle occupants. As students and drivers enter and exit the school bus, card ID numbers are processed, sent to a central server over a secure cellular connection, and stored in the vMax Compass central student database.

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