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Kentucky transportation secretary pushed for increased bus safety
April 8, 2013
Milo D. Bryant, who served as the state’s transportation secretary under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in the 1980s, passed away last week at the age of 82. Bryant led a bus safety task force that recommended various improvements to school buses and driver training following the fatal 1988 school bus crash in Carrollton.
Man boards bus, leaves loaded gun magazine
April 8, 2013
Jeremy West follows a student on the Arizona district’s bus, and he convinces an adult bus aide that he is accompanying the student. After West leaves the bus, another student finds a fully loaded 9 mm magazine on the seat where West had been sitting. Police arrest him on Thursday, and the district is making changes to its policy on allowing parents on school buses.
Charles Poland: A tribute to a fallen hero
April 4, 2013

In its definition of the word “hero,” Webster’s notes that it is “especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life.” Charles sacrificed his life to protect his kids — the passengers on his school bus.

Study points to risks of 'permitted' left turns
April 3, 2013
Researchers in Oregon say that in permitted left turns — distinguished from protected left turns — drivers may have to pick their way through narrow windows of oncoming traffic. Their study finds that about 4% to 9% of the time, drivers making permitted left turns don't look to see if there are pedestrians in the way.
Alarm aims to prevent bus rolling incidents
April 2, 2013

A school district and a bus dealership in Indiana have combined efforts to develop a retrofit for school buses that they say enhances safety. The alarm sounds if a driver unfastens his or her seat belt and has not engaged the air brake parking system.

Iowa testing student detection systems for school buses
April 1, 2013
A system from Rostra Precision Controls Inc. and a system from National Patent Analytical Systems Inc. are undergoing evaluation for potential installation on school buses in the state to help prevent danger zone injuries and fatalities. The installation of such a system is a goal of the Smile BIG Foundation, which was founded in honor of Justin Bradfield. Bradfield was killed in a 2011 danger zone accident.
Troopers say bus driver falls asleep, strikes tractor trailer
March 28, 2013
Anderson (S.C.) School District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley also says three students were on the bus when Tuesday’s accident occurred, but no serious injuries are reported. She says she believes a medical problem caused the driver to fall asleep behind the wheel.
NAPT News & Views — School bus safety and security: creating the 'new normal'
March 28, 2013

Periodically in our national life, safety, security or both are compromised in ways that are profoundly impactful. These are the game-changers that invoke a shared emotional call to “do something.” The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was such an event. After the passionate debate about school security options, a “new normal” will eventually emerge, because the status quo is no longer acceptable.

School bus runs over Maine student's foot
March 27, 2013
The boy suffers "severe bruising" but no broken bones when the bus runs over his foot while he is taking an instrument from a storage bin underneath, officials say. The district subsequently adjusts its policies on the use of the compartments.
Jury points to pedal misapplication in Liberty bus crash
March 26, 2013
In the fatal Liberty, Mo., school bus crash in 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled out mechanical failure and found that the circumstances “are consistent with driver pedal misapplication.” Now, in a civil trial, the jury echoes the federal investigators’ conclusion.
Wyoming students push for bus safety law changes
March 25, 2013
Following the death of a student in an illegal bus-passing accident, her classmates create proposals for legislators, including increasing bus-passing fines. The students speak to members of the state’s education committee about the proposals during a recent legislative session.
Principal, teacher revive girl struck by school bus
March 21, 2013
The 5-year-old is hit in front of an elementary school in California when the bus rolls backward down a hill. The school officials find that she has stopped breathing, so they perform CPR, and the girl regains consciousness shortly thereafter.
District reroutes buses in response to bus stop shooting
March 20, 2013
The incident occurs on Tuesday morning at a Georgia bus stop and in the surrounding neighborhood. An investigation is ongoing, but officials say no one was injured, and all procedures were followed “swiftly and efficiently.”
Arrests made in fatal crash involving school buses
March 20, 2013
Two men transporting buses to Mexico are taken into custody on Wednesday and face various charges, including involuntary manslaughter. According to the Kansas State Patrol, a school bus being towed by another bus got a flat tire, so the driver detached the buses and they sat in the roadway, leading to an accident that killed a motorist.
Teacher unknowingly allows sex offender on school bus
March 19, 2013
On the way back from a field trip, the teacher offers a student's parent and the parent’s male companion a ride on the bus. It's later discovered that the man is a registered sex offender. The California district’s superintendent says the incident is a “breach of our policy.”
School bus crashes into house
March 14, 2013
Deputies in Piketon, Ohio, say Tuesday’s accident occurred as the bus was crossing a one-lane bridge. The bus driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the house after the driver of a Jeep tried to cross the bridge at the same time when the bus was only halfway across.
1 of Chowchilla school bus kidnappers denied parole
March 14, 2013
A California board again finds James Schoenfeld unsuitable for release from prison, but he will be re-examined in three years. In 1976, Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus and imprisoned the 26 children and their driver in a buried moving van.
NTSB official highlights dangers of driver fatigue
March 12, 2013
While the “spring forward” clock change creates a national sleep debt and leads to a spike in auto crashes, driver fatigue is a “life-threatening concern” at all times of the year, Mark Rosekind writes in a National Transportation Safety Board blog post.
Florida bus driver to be honored for rescuing toddler
March 12, 2013
Jim Letos spots the child on the side of a highway and brings the toddler on his bus after calling 911. Letos is scheduled to be recognized for his actions at a Pinellas County Schools board meeting on Tuesday.
Driver who hit boy while passing bus avoids jail
March 7, 2013
A judge in Pennsylvania declines a prosecutor's suggestion that jail time "might be appropriate," sentencing the 62-year-old woman instead to community service and probation. The 5-year-old boy's skull was fractured when he was clipped by the woman's car as she illegally passed his bus.

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