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Safety beyond the school
July 16, 2013

The big, yellow bus also proves to be a sign of safety for the public in general, particularly in times of crisis.

88 stop-arm runners cited in camera program
July 11, 2013
During the 2012-13 school year, police in New Britain, Conn., issued 88 illegal-passing citations as part of an enforcement program using the Redflex Student Guardian system. Four local school buses are equipped with the camera system.
PA systems help drivers communicate safely
July 9, 2013

Whether directing students to cross the street safely in front of the bus or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively. Suppliers meet these needs with systems as simple as speakers and a microphone or as elaborate as speakers integrated with emergency switches and ambient noise systems.

$23M set for South Carolina school bus replacements
July 8, 2013
Jay Ragley with the state Department of Education says that with the new funds, each district should get at least one bus. Money in the state’s budget to pay for the school buses will come from different sources, such as lottery funding.
School bus crossing visual catching on in other states
July 8, 2013
The Steffi Crossing Enhancer, invented by longtime New York school bus driver Victoria DeCarlo, can help students see the driver's hand signal when crossing the street. DeCarlo tells SBF that "thousands" of Steffis are now in use across the nation.
Trace Technologies adds lockbox feature to camera system
June 27, 2013
The Buddy NightOwl now comes with a heavy-duty steel lockbox to protect the video SD card. The camera system also uses customers’ own Windows Media Player or Mac VLC players to view the video clips for easier use, according to company officials.
Seon Design, U.S. Computing launch integrated tracking tool
June 24, 2013
vMax Compass is a web-based application that automatically integrates vehicle location, student location and DVR health status information so school transportation staff can evaluate fleet efficiency in real time. It gives school transportation staff browser-based access to plan and analyze routes, track vehicles and students, and view live status of onboard video equipment.
Portable child restraint system folds into carrying case
June 13, 2013
HSM’s system enables schools and transportation companies to provide a five-point restraint system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements for children, according to the company. When not in use, the seat converts to a carrying case with an adjustable strap that creates a handle or shoulder strap for easy transport and storage.
88% of Missouri school buses again approved in inspection
June 11, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Motor Vehicles Inspection Division inspects 11,890 school buses, 10,493 of which receive approval, meaning they are found to be free of defective items. A total of 292 districts are awarded the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence for approval ratings of 90% or higher.
Alabama cracks down on school bus trespassing
June 3, 2013
Trespassing on or interfering with a school bus in Alabama could result in jail time under the newly passed Charles "Chuck" Poland Jr. Act, named after the Midland City driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers from an intruder in January.
Bus driver suspended after wreck story proven false
May 30, 2013
The school bus driver reportedly tells investigators that the accident she was in was caused by an oncoming car moving into her lane. But an onboard camera recording shows that she was distracted for a few seconds by a student, and it also shows two cars passing the bus in the proper lane approximately 15 to 20 seconds before the wreck.
REI introduces stop-arm violation and reporting software
May 30, 2013
The company’s A.R.M.O.R.-StopArm solution captures a clear image of the offender’s license plate, vehicle information, violation location and date/time, and officials say a report can be easily created and customized to send to law enforcement.
Micro Bird Type A completes Altoona testing
May 30, 2013
The manufacturer submitted the G5 lift bus for a 7-year/200,000-mile STURAA test (Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987) last fall, and testing was completed in February. The unit was tested on maintainability, reliability, safety, performance, structural integrity, fuel economy, noise and emissions.
Campaign aims to curb stop-arm violations in South Carolina
May 29, 2013
David Poag of Anderson School District Five tells SBF about the goals of the S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement) campaign, which include making school bus stops in the state safer and creating awareness among the public and state legislators about the dangers of stop-arm violations. Sen. Thomas Alexander introduces legislation supporting one of the campaign's goals, telling SBF, “It’s hard for me to imagine how someone would pass the arm of a stopped school bus.”
Teen still missing after taking ride from stranger
May 28, 2013
Kathlynn Shepard, 15, and a 12-year-old girl were lured into a man's truck shortly after exiting their school bus last week in Dayton, Iowa. The 12-year-old was able to escape, and the suspect was found dead, but Shepard is still missing.
School Bus Safety Co. awarded for student programs
May 28, 2013
The company's "The Magic Tent," a student safety program for children in grades 3 through 5, and "Preventing Bullying," for grades 3 through 12, win three awards from the Silver Telly Council.
Stop-arm pilot catches nearly 50 violations in 2 months
May 24, 2013
For the pilot program, American Traffic Solutions provided Mansfield (Texas) Independent School District with its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm camera solution to help monitor the extent of the problem.
Man allegedly impersonates police officer, pulls over bus
May 21, 2013
Authorities are searching for the suspect, who was driving a silver sedan and used blue and red flashing lights mounted in his vehicle to signal for the Redlands (Calif.) Unified School District bus driver to pull over. The man reportedly stated that he was a police officer, and he displayed a gold badge in the shape of a star.
New edition of School Transportation-Related Crashes released
May 9, 2013
The new statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that there was an average of 135 school transportation-related fatalities per year from 2002 to 2011.
Man facing kidnapping charges was fired as school bus driver
May 9, 2013
Ariel Castro, the man who allegedly kidnapped and raped three Cleveland women, committed multiple violations as a school bus driver, which resulted in his firing last November. His infractions include leaving a child on a bus, making an illegal U-turn in rush hour traffic with a busload of students, and using the school bus to do his grocery shopping.

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