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IMMI crash test facility honored for safety systems
December 28, 2011
The Center for Advanced Product Evaluation is named the 2011 Crash Test Facility of the Year by Automotive Testing Technology International magazine. Officials say the center was selected for its development of safety systems for commercial vehicles, its investment in supporting testing equipment and its role in helping IMMI bring its RollTek rollover accident injury mitigation system to fire apparatus OEMs.
Petition seeks funding for bus driver distraction study
December 20, 2011
The petition urges the Obama Administration to fund the proposed Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center for Truck and Bus Safety study. Data collected from school bus drivers would be analyzed to determine distraction sources and their association with crashes, near-crashes and crash-relevant conflicts.
N.D. troopers partner with schools to promote bus safety
December 19, 2011
The North Dakota Highway Patrol's "Trooper on a Bus" program is designed to enhance the enforcement of traffic laws and increase public awareness of the dangers of illegal bus passing. Starting Wednesday, troopers will ride along on school buses to observe motorists' activities, radioing in any information about drivers who fail to stop for buses when children are boarding and disembarking.
Bus driver honored for actions during chain-reaction crash
December 19, 2011
Ricky Graves maneuvers his bus to the right, avoiding a pickup truck coming toward him, and is able to bring his bus to a safe stop. While cars crash all around the bus, Graves keeps the students on board calm.
Ohio bus driver honored for actions during crash
December 15, 2011
On Oct. 5, Paint Valley Local Schools driver Mark Anderson turned his bus into a soybean field after a car collided head-on with the bus. The district's superintendent says this helped to prevent the bus from rolling over.
Families to mark 50th anniversary of deadly bus-train crash
December 13, 2011
On Dec. 14, 1961, Duane Harms drove his school bus into the path of a passenger train, which he reportedly didn't see coming. Twenty children were killed in the crash near Greeley, Colo.
System notifies parent when child enters or exits bus
December 13, 2011
ZPass+ from Zonar Systems provides the instant notifications via text message or e-mail, and parents can also access specific student rider information through a password-protected website. Officials say the new technology is especially useful for children walking to and from a bus stop, and for special-needs children.
VIDEO: Student intervenes as bus driver dozes on freeway
December 13, 2011
Emmanuel Williams leaves his seat on the bus and positions himself behind the driver to talk to him and keep him awake. Williams became concerned after the driver dozed off and missed an exit on the freeway.
Report: traffic fatalities in 2010 hit record-breaking low
December 12, 2011
Updated data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that highway deaths fell to 32,885 last year — the lowest level since 1949. Among other key findings in the report are that fatalities declined in most categories in 2010, and the agency also details its new measure of fatalities related to distracted driving, called “distraction-affected crashes.”
NTSB to meet on fatal Mo. school bus crash
December 9, 2011
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday to determine the probable cause and consider proposed safety recommendations. In the August 2010 accident in Gray Summit, a school bus struck the back of a pickup truck and then was struck by another school bus. Two teens were killed.
Woman arrested, charged in fatal stop-arm passing
December 8, 2011
No bond is set for the 51-year-old motorist who is accused of striking and killing a 17-year-old as she left her school bus on Tuesday. The district attorney says that the court “is concerned with the mental status of this client.”
Lighting film adheres to many surfaces, has low profile
December 8, 2011
Grote Industries' new LightForm Emergency Egress Lighting Film features LED lighting technology to enhance vehicle safety. It can conform to the shape and contours of virtually any door or exit, and it can't shatter, according to the company.
Danger zone deaths drop to 8
December 5, 2011
The number of children killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. falls to the lowest level since the 2007-08 school year. According to the latest data, for 2010-11, four of the students were struck by their own bus, and four were struck by a passing vehicle.
Girls in bus fight wield knife, scissors
December 1, 2011
Four middle school girls get into an argument on a morning bus ride, and household blades are brandished. Some students complain of being hurt, but no one appears to be stabbed, officials say.
Hunter charged for shooting school bus
November 29, 2011
Investigators say William Squire aimed his rifle at a deer but missed, and the bullet struck the bus. He faces charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
Sumwalt to serve another term with NTSB
November 29, 2011
Robert Sumwalt is sworn in for his second five-year term as a board member of the National Transportation Safety Board. He calls public service “truly one of the highest callings in the land.”
Yellow bus industry: a tried and true system
November 29, 2011

Executive Editor Thomas McMahon shares his thoughts on what may cause some parents to avoid having their children ride school buses, but points to the industry's success and the need to inform those parents of the industry's unrivaled safety record.

I-Skin bus seat foam in final stages of development
November 21, 2011
The integrally bonded polyurethane foam — now six years in the making by Heavy Duty Bus Parts — will be brought to market by the C.E. White Co. Company officials say that a unique manufacturing process produces a seat foam with a soft and energy-absorbent cushion and a dense, highly durable outer skin.
Boy suffers scrapes in fall from bus
November 17, 2011
The boy opens the handle for the emergency door on his school bus as the bus veers left on a curve. He is thrown from the vehicle and sustains scrapes to his face and head.
REI's new digital video systems increase record time
November 16, 2011
The HD Series DVRs incorporate H.264 advanced video compression, so they can store more video, audio and vehicle data. In other news, the company promotes Chris Shigley to national sales manager, school bus, and Darwin Rubeck to national sales manager, transit and motorcoach.

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