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DVR provides fast downloads, long recording times
April 12, 2011
Radio Engineering Industries Inc. has added the SD40, a compact, solid-state digital video recorder, to its family of BUS-WATCH digital video surveillance systems. The SD40 can connect up to four surveillance cameras and has GPS and WiFi compatibility and eight-way sensor programming.
Survey delves into stop-arm violations
April 12, 2011
Industry veteran Dr. Ray Turner asks for input from transportation directors and supervisors on the problem of motorists passing stopped school buses. Results of the survey will be shared with participants and used to develop a bus driver training program.
School bus kidnapper found suitable for parole
April 7, 2011
Richard Schoenfeld, one of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, Calif., in 1976, could be released in 2021. His parole still must be reviewed by the governor, and any sitting governor between now and 2021 could ask the state's parole board to reconsider its decision.
E-mails threatening school buses, lawmakers not credible, officials say
April 7, 2011
New York state lawmakers received the e-mails last Friday. Homeland security and counter-terrorism officials determine the threats are not credible, but transportation departments are advised to watch for suspicious activity on bus routes.
Students stuck with needle found at bus stop
April 6, 2011
The students’ school bus driver finds out about the incident and calls transportation officials, who then contact the sheriff’s office. A responding deputy finds several hypodermic needles on the bus, but the sheriff's office does not plan to investigate, as it was an accident and no crime took place.
Fog may have contributed to fatal school bus crash
April 5, 2011
A 10-year-old girl is killed in a collision on Friday between the bus and a tractor-trailer on a Mississippi highway. Authorities say it appears that the bus stopped at a stop sign, then pulled onto the highway in front of the truck.
Judge: Fatal crash points to 'deficiencies' in bus safety, driver training
April 5, 2011
Alberta Provincial Court Judge Bruce Fraser says as much, and makes recommendations about these issues, in his report on an October 2007 school bus accident that killed a 9-year-old girl. Sleeping pills and anti-depressants were at low levels in bus driver Louise Rogers' system on the day of the accident.
School bus driver honored for exemplary service
April 1, 2011
Charles Whitted receives the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s 10th Annual School Bus Driver of the Year Award. He is presented with a plaque and honored at an Operation Safe Stop kickoff press conference.
Man arrested for allegedly stealing school bus batteries
March 31, 2011
Police respond to a call in which two batteries from each of 10 Portsmouth (Va.) Public Schools buses were pulled and cut from the cables. The suspect in the incident has been charged with grand larceny, larceny with the intent to sell and destruction of property over $1,000.
Bus drivers arrested for allegedly obtaining licenses using aliases
March 29, 2011
George Gregory Gonsalves and Emel Enrique Marin each had a valid commercial driver's license in one name and a suspended license in another. They have been charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and falsifying business records in the second degree.
Bus driver keeps cool in icy accident
March 24, 2011
When a car collides with Leonard Davis' school bus, pushing it off the icy road and down an embankment, he manages to get the bus back on all four tires and onto the road. The veteran bus driver is credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe.
Police to participate in Operation Safe Stop Day
March 23, 2011
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal bus passing complaints and issue tickets to violators. Final figures will be made available to state and local officials, as well as the media.
Survey reports on illegal bus passing incidents in Maryland
March 22, 2011
The survey, which the State Department of Education coordinated with transportation directors from all 24 of Maryland’s school systems, reveals that 7,028 violations were recorded on a single day last month. Large school systems noted the most violators, while some small school systems found no violators.
Student charged with felony for bomb threat
March 22, 2011
Police say that a school bus driver saw the 11-year-old boy on the bus with a device that resembled a bomb, and that the driver heard the boy threaten to detonate it on the bus or in a school. SWAT teams determine that there are no explosives on the device, but police take the boy into custody.
School bus driver charged for texting while driving
March 17, 2011
Police charge Evelyn Guzman with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Footage from the surveillance camera on her bus allegedly shows her texting; police believe Guzman sent and received 1,068 text messages while operating a bus between April 6 and May 15, 2010.
Boy attacked by moose near bus stop
March 17, 2011
A 6-year-old boy is taken to a medical center to receive treatment for a head injury he sustains after he is charged by a moose upon exiting his school bus. The boy's mother was waiting near the bus stop in her car.
Police search for men who harassed children at bus stop
March 15, 2011
The men approach a 5-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy in a car after following the bus they had been riding. The children ask the men why they were following the bus; one reportedly says it is because he is "a rapist."
Bus driver fined for 'ignoring another bus' flashing lights'
March 15, 2011
Wendy Sue Restoule must pay $250 within the next six months for the incident. She was initially charged with failing to stop for a school bus — a violation punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points, but ahead of her trial, a plea was entered on her behalf to the lesser charge of disobeying a traffic control signal in her lane.
Police investigating 2 fatalities involving school buses
March 15, 2011
A 6-year-old boy in Louisiana passes away on Monday morning from head injuries he sustained when he was caught on the outside of his school bus and dragged along a road. On Monday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy in Georgia passes away when he is run over by a school bus at a district’s transportation facility.
Trapper catches alligator lurking near school bus stop
March 14, 2011
Parents and students express concern after the 10-foot, 400-pound reptile is spotted in a pond not far from the bus stop. The alligator was taken away last Thursday.

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