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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.
Bus driver faces record number of charges for DUI
November 15, 2011
Carole Crockett faces 25 counts each of driving under the influence with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, driving under the influence on school property and disorderly conduct after she swerves her school bus in traffic and dozes off behind the wheel. Authorities determine that Crockett has a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.
Deer crashes into school bus windshield
November 10, 2011
A car in front of the bus hits the deer, which propels the animal over the vehicle and into the windshield of the bus. The driver sustains minor injuries, but no students are on the bus.
Texas district combats bullying
November 8, 2011
Houston Independent School District bus drivers renew their efforts to promote bus safety by taking a stand against bullying. The district's buses are fitted with signage that makes it clear to students that bullying will not be tolerated, and drivers learn strategies to create a positive environment on the bus.
Chinese officials study school bus safety in U.S.
November 3, 2011
During a visit to the Connecticut DMV, traffic security officials from the Chinese government learn about the state’s school bus safety program. DMV staff members perform a complete school bus inspection and discuss student transportation safety issues.
Stop-arm safety campaign launched in Ariz.
November 3, 2011
Washington Elementary School District No. 6 Special Education Transportation Supervisor Antonio "Tony" Mlynek introduces "For Children's Sake, Stop for School Buses." The campaign includes television and print messages, and is the first PSA to address the topic in the state, according to Mlynek.
9-year-old throws asphalt at bus, chair at deputy
November 3, 2011
Amber Dawn Harris is charged with multiple felonies after she spits on school staff on board the bus, then exits the bus and throws pieces of broken asphalt at it. A deputy responds to the scene and follows Harris, who retrieves a metal chair from a yard and throws it, striking the deputy.
Camera system captures illegal bus passing incidents
November 2, 2011
The CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System from American Traffic Solutions consists of high-resolution cameras mounted to the front and rear driver's side of a bus. When the school bus extends its stop arm, the system automatically detects if a vehicle passes the bus within the enforced zone. Officials say the CrossingGuard system does not require any action by the bus driver to activate it.

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