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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.
Planning and Training Increase School Bus Security
April 21, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss the policies and procedures they have established at their operations to keep students and staff members safe. They also share the training resources they utilize, including state associations, First Observer and courses offered by FEMA.

Teens charged in incident involving stolen bus
April 20, 2011
The boys are charged with receiving stolen property after police connect two separate events. They find one boy in the parking lot of a service station and the two other boys standing near a school bus parked on a street. Police determine the bus had recently been stolen, and based on property in the teens’ possession, police link them to a burglary at the service station.
Man charged in theft of 26 bus batteries
April 19, 2011
Ronnie Roberts, 29, is believed to have broken into buses at a high school in South Carolina to steal the batteries. He is charged with 12 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle and 12 counts of petit larceny.
Bus driver dead after crashing into city building
April 19, 2011
Kelly Smith, a driver for a Pennsylvania school district, is found on the ground outside the building after she crashed her bus into it. Officials investigating the accident say Smith was ejected from the bus and may have died prior to the crash.
Teens charged in shooting of girl on school bus
April 14, 2011
Deondrae Northcutt and his half-brother, Teddarrius Perry, are arrested and charged after Northcutt discharges a handgun during a gang-related altercation at a high school. The bullet misses his intended target and instead hits the girl.
Filmmaker follows the second life of a school bus
April 12, 2011
In his documentary film, which he discusses with SBF, Mark Kendall follows a bus that was auctioned off and taken to Guatemala. The bus ends up on a dangerous route in the highlands outside Guatemala City.
District acquires 2 televisions for buses
April 12, 2011
The Bus-Ed-Safe-TV monitors are being used as educational tools at a Texas school district. The monitors, which can be easily removed and placed in different buses, show content from the History Channel, the Learning Channel, NASA Space Center, the Discovery Channel and a quiz show channel.
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.

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