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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.
Police: Snowballs lead to two-bus crash
March 5, 2013
Students in Sioux City, Iowa, pelt a school bus with snowballs as it leaves a high school, according to police. The school bus stops suddenly, and a transit bus is unable to stop in time and rear-ends the school bus.
NAPT News & Views — Safety performance: The silence is deafening
March 5, 2013

The public expectation of outstanding performance is now carved in stone based on decades of our industry doing just that. So, trying to get reporters interested in still another story about our safety record is challenging to say the least.

Teen steals school bus after getting out of jail
March 4, 2013
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Cole Collins is released from jail on a misdemeanor marijuana charge, and he steals the bus during his walk home. Detectives confront him the next day after he’s identified in footage on the bus’ surveillance camera, and he admits the theft.
Seon Design supports anti-bullying campaign
February 28, 2013
Employees of the video surveillance systems provider wear pink shirts on Wednesday in observance of Canada’s Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness and support victims of bullying. In the company’s blog, Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady writes about the campaign and Seon's commitment to safe school transportation.
Bus driver loses her legs following accident
February 28, 2013
Police in Flat Rock, Mich., say that the victim, who was not named, was helping another driver plug a bus into a battery charging system when the bus accelerated uncontrolled, hitting the victim. She sustains severe trauma to her lower extremities and has to have both legs amputated above the knee.
Don’t fall out of your seat
February 25, 2013

Do some school bus drivers need their passengers (or someone else) to remind them to buckle up? Recent incidents of un-belted drivers falling out of their seat show the need for managers to regularly monitor their drivers’ seat belt use — and to enforce penalties for not complying.

Mayor resigns as bus driver after missing sleeping boy
February 21, 2013
John Tompkins worked as a school bus driver to supplement his income as mayor of small town McKee, Ky. He tells a local newspaper that on Tuesday, he may have been preoccupied with his mayoral duties when he accidentally left a 5-year-old on his bus.
New Jersey association responds to case involving girl’s fall from bus
February 19, 2013
In January, Onyx Williams fell or jumped from the back of her school bus, and an investigation found that her route had only one aide on the bus instead of two, as agreed in the contract between the school district and its former contractor. Now, the New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association reports that the company is continuing to bid on routes, which the association says calls for “stricter measures and a renewed effort to make sure we are keeping our children safe.”
Roundabout planned for intersection in fatal New Jersey bus crash
February 19, 2013
Burlington County officials say the roundabout, which has been in the works since 2004, is devised to improve traffic flow, and it is not a direct response to last year’s crash in Chesterfield involving a school bus and a dump truck. That accident resulted in the death of one student and injuries to 17 others. A county spokeswoman tells The Times of Trenton that the county implemented several safety measures at the intersection on its own volition following the crash.
Mom ordered to serve jail time for assaulting bus driver
February 19, 2013
A judge sentences Bethany Rudd to 10 days in jail for the December incident in which she boarded her son’s school bus and allegedly hit driver Helen Gibson in the face. However, the judge allows Rudd to file for an appeal, enabling her to avoid jail time for now, and she is due back in court in April for the assault and battery charge against her.
Child-check devices: a vital reminder
February 19, 2013

To protect kids from being left stranded, drivers have to carefully check their bus. Electronic systems can help keep that duty from being neglected.


Rhode Island city official offers help for stranded bus
February 14, 2013
Twelve buses used to transport students for Providence Public Schools were delayed on Wednesday due to snowy and icy conditions, and a district spokeswoman tells ABC 6 that the district’s bus company did a “phenomenal job” in addressing the situation. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also offered his services when he noticed a bus that was stuck.
Mom’s sign tells drivers to stop for school bus
February 14, 2013
In Lee County, Fla., Ann Tomlinson saw how many motorists were illegally passing her daughter’s school bus, and she decided to do something about it. Holding a “STOP FOR BUS” sign and wearing a safety vest, she stands at the bus stop — morning and afternoon — to spread the safety message.
LaHood celebrates ‘Love the Bus’ in Virginia
February 13, 2013
Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington on Tuesday, where students sing and rap for him. LaHood tells the children, “I want you kids to thank your drivers when you go home today. They care a lot about getting you to and from school safely.”
Driver credited with saving boy from illegal bus passer
February 12, 2013
Michigan school bus driver Jayce Dempsey spots an SUV approaching his bus on the right as 9-year-old Casey is preparing to disembark, so he grabs him and pulls him up the stairs as the motorist passes the bus. Casey’s mom, Robin Dunn, tells news outlet mlive.com, “I just want as many people as possible to know this man saved my son’s life.”
More details on Alabama bus driver’s heroic response
February 12, 2013
The confrontation between an armed intruder and school bus driver Charles Poland lasted more than four minutes, with Poland standing in the aisle to block the gunman from his students and refusing to move, according to a report from CNN. Meanwhile, students in the back of the bus opened the rear emergency exit so they could escape.
UPDATE: Boy held in bunker rescued, abductor dead
February 4, 2013
Ending a nearly weeklong standoff with a man accused of killing a school bus driver and abducting a 5-year-old passenger in Alabama, FBI agents enter the man's bunker and rescue the boy. Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, is killed during the operation.

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