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Student death leads to call for tougher bus passing legislation
May 31, 2011
Kim Koenigs, the mother of a student who befriended Kadyn Halverson, starts a "Kadyn's Law" Facebook page in honor of the girl, who was killed by a motorist who failed to stop as she was walking across a road to board her school bus. The page calls for legislation that would provide more stringent laws for drivers who illegally pass school buses.
More Than Just a Radio
May 26, 2011

Digital two-way radios for the school bus industry offer messaging capabilities, increased capacity, interoperability and GPS tracking, all while remaining affordable.

Driver, 3 students assist seizing girl on bus
May 24, 2011
Corey McCann alerts the bus driver to a 13-year-old girl who is having a seizure. The driver and another student lay the girl in the bus aisle while McCann radios the bus garage for help. Another student directs traffic around the bus from the back window.
Teen drives through stop sign, collides with bus
May 24, 2011
The collision causes the school bus driver to lose control of the vehicle, and the bus strikes a stone wall and a house. No passengers are on board the bus at the time of the accident, but the driver sustains a minor hand injury.
Bus drivers could be given authority to search students
May 23, 2011
Under a proposal before an Indiana district’s school board, a driver would have to have a reasonable suspicion that a student has an item or substance that puts others on the bus in danger. The driver would then have to get permission from the district’s transportation department before searching a student or his or her belongings.
New school bus security training course in development
May 20, 2011
Karen Lowrie, associate director of Rutgers University’s Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, discusses the program with SBF. It is designed to teach bus drivers how to effectively communicate with schoolchildren while a crisis is occurring.
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.

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