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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.
Maine bus driver saves choking child’s life
May 7, 2013
Nathan Philbrick is able to stop his bus and administer the Heimlich maneuver to a student who was choking on candy and was not breathing. The district's superintendent says that the incident illustrates the importance of investing in safety training, even in tight budget years.
FMCSA declares trucker in fatal hit-and-run an ‘imminent hazard’
May 2, 2013
The driver, Johnny Allen Spell, was operating a tractor-trailer when he failed to stop for a school bus, which had engaged its warning lights and was unloading passengers. Spell’s vehicle fatally struck a child. Federal investigators are also reviewing the hiring practices and compliance records of Ricky Lucas Trucking, Spell’s employer.
Child Safety Network offers Safe Bus program
May 1, 2013
In partnership with the School Bus Safety Co., the Child Safety Network initiative aims to reduce school bus accidents — with an added benefit of generating revenue for districts. The free Safe Bus program, which receives funds from corporate sponsorships, includes a comprehensive training curriculum, school bus safety PSAs, and a GPS and parental notification system.
Minneapolis district builds mobile command center
April 30, 2013
Minneapolis Public Schools’ plant operations and transportation services team spent four years converting an older school bus into the mobile command center. It’s outfitted with such equipment as a flat-screen TV, two-way radios and laptops, and it’s designed to be used as a command post in a major emergency that prohibits the district’s buses from successfully transporting students.
Abu Dhabi DOT unveils school bus regulations
April 30, 2013
The regulations are developed in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Abu Dhabi Police GHQ with the aim to optimize school transportation. The regulations address requirements for school bus drivers, schools, bus age and operation time, and bus inspections.
Preparing for the threat of hijacking
April 30, 2013

Regardless of whether the driver obeys the commands or resists a hijacker, every single school bus driver must understand that their No. 1 priority is the protection of the children on board. Drivers must be prepared mentally for these situations and conduct drills to reinforce proper procedures.

Bus driver on leave after train tracks incident
April 29, 2013
The driver for a Louisiana district was placed on administrative leave after receiving a citation for driving around lowered railroad crossing guards in front of an oncoming train. At least 30 students were on the bus. Officials say the train was about 200 feet from the intersection when the bus crossed the tracks.

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