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4 students attacked by dog on bus
May 19, 2011
The students are injured when the dog follows a group of children on board, with one student sustaining a bite. A police officer is forced to shoot the dog, which continues to act aggressively after it is off the bus.
Former teacher invents bus noise alarm
May 19, 2011
Stephen Dawson develops the alarm to control the noise level in his classroom, and he then realizes it could help solve safety problems in a school bus environment. He discusses with SBF how the device works.
A Comprehensive Plan for School Bus Accidents
May 19, 2011

A veteran transportation director discusses the four phases of an emergency response cycle in relation to this type of event and how using them enhances student safety.

IMMI bus seating line to be available for Thomas Built units
May 17, 2011
The company's SafeGuard XChange product line will soon be available to order on the manufacturer's buses. SafeGuard XChange allows school bus operations to buy standard seating now and then exchange seating modules to add or configure belts at a later date.
Bus-passing fatality spurs further safety efforts
May 16, 2011
A 7-year-old in Iowa is killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street to board her school bus. State pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that a statewide task force is being formed to work on more ways to fight the stop-arm running problem.
Partnership to focus on student transportation safety
May 11, 2011
NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin says that the association will work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children "to advance the important messages that will help enhance the safety of our nation’s children."
District honored for safety and performance excellence
May 11, 2011
The South Shore Regional School Board receives the Gold Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. Inspectors look at such factors as driver training and accident reporting. The district also achieves the best score for the least number of defects found during the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board mechanical inspections.
Driver stops student from hijacking bus
May 10, 2011
Evans Okoduwa convinces the seventh-grader to hand over a loaded gun. The boy has been charged with eight counts of kidnapping and two counts of bringing a firearm onto school property.
IMMI offers deal for replacing old restraints
May 9, 2011
With the SafeGuard Summer Exchange Program, school districts get a discount on the purchase of a new STAR restraint when they retire an old restraint of any brand.
Bus driver praised for actions during medical emergency
May 3, 2011
Velma Woodcock pulls off the road after students notify her that a boy on her bus is unresponsive. Woodcock instructs a parent to call 911 while she performs CPR on the student, who was not breathing. She visits the student in the hospital after completing her route.
A comprehensive approach to the stranded-student problem
May 3, 2011
When Dale Goby was head of transportation for Detroit Public Schools, children being left behind on the bus was a recurring problem. Then his team came up with a solution that eliminated the incidents, he tells SBF. He now offers the "low-cost, low-technology" ChildSaf System.
Alleged texting driver barred from operating buses
May 2, 2011
Evelyn Guzman also receives two years' probation and loses her driver's license for two years. She is accused of sending and receiving more than 1,000 text messages while operating a bus for special-needs students.
Man arrested for operating stolen bus while impaired
April 28, 2011
Samuel David Mullenhauer faces the charge after North Carolina police receive a report that a school bus from Virginia is being driven erratically and take him into custody. Police later discover that the bus is stolen property.
With new bus seating line, belts can be added later
April 27, 2011
The SafeGuard XChange line from IMMI will let school bus operations buy standard seats initially and then exchange seating modules to add or configure belts in the future.
California school bus drivers recognized
April 27, 2011
As part of “School Bus Driver Day” on Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol joins the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown in publicly expressing appreciation to the state’s bus drivers for the job that they do.
Man arrested in bizarre incident on bus
April 26, 2011
The 53-year-old Minneapolis man allegedly sneaks onto a school bus and performs a sex act. No students are harmed.
Bus driver injured during pre-trip inspection
April 26, 2011
The woman is outside her bus when she sees it start to roll toward another bus that is alongside hers. As she tries to jump into her bus to stop it, she becomes trapped between the two vehicles.
Woman who fatally struck student with car released from prison
April 26, 2011
Edith Main Anderson serves 76 days for a vehicular homicide charge. In 2009, she stepped on the gas pedal in her car instead of the brake as 5-year-old Karla Campos exited a school bus.
Police captain found guilty of illegal bus passing
April 26, 2011
Bruce Thomas Gentry receives a 45-day suspended sentence for passing a stopped school bus in his police cruiser. The mother of a boy who was crossing the street to board the bus and witnessed the incident says she had to yell her son's name to prevent him from stepping out in front of Gentry's car.
Tree, power lines fall on school bus
April 21, 2011
Fire rescue personnel evacuate the 20 children and the bus driver through the emergency exit into a truck. No one is injured.

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