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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.
N.J. bill would mandate background checks for bus aides
November 1, 2011
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background check requirements for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of schoolchildren, which she said would close a loophole that left out bus aides. The measure also would enhance penalties against any employee found tampering with a school bus' onboard monitoring device.
NTSB study reports on curbside motorcoach safety
October 31, 2011
The six-month study was initiated following a March 12 bus accident that killed 15 people and injured 18 more. Among the findings are that curbside carriers with 10 or fewer buses and carriers who have been in business for 10 years or less have higher accident rates and higher roadside inspection violation rates.
NHTSA unveils school bus promotional posters
October 27, 2011
The materials display eye-catching charts and facts on why parents should choose the school bus over other modes of transportation for their kids. “Students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends,” one of the posters declares.
Speed limiter allows for programming of 2 max speeds
October 27, 2011
InterMotive introduces a new two-speed road speed limiter to its Speed Sentinel product line that allows two different speeds to be programmed for a vehicle using one module. Both settings can be set between 7 mph and 80 mph in single mph increments.
Bus stop arm, flashing lights no longer required in city's school zones
October 27, 2011
The city of Wetaskiwin in Alberta changes its traffic bylaw so that bus drivers are no longer required to activate their bus' emergency flashing lights or extend the stop arm in a school bus zone located on or adjacent to school grounds within the city limits. Drivers are still required to use stop arms and lights in all other areas.
C.E. White Co. offers danger zone safety product
October 25, 2011
The MDZ (Minimize Danger Zone) Shield is a BASF polyurethane guard that acts as a safeguard in front of the rear dual wheels of a school bus. It is designed to deflect a child out of the path of the bus. The device has been installed on an Ohio school district’s buses for evaluation as part of a pilot program.
Bus driver prevents kids from stepping in path of runaway car
October 20, 2011
Lorraine "Lori" Golden is honored by the Lake Shore Central School District board of education in Angola, N.Y., for her actions on Sept. 6. Golden blocked the students from exiting her bus when a vehicle swerved out of control and passed by the doors of the bus and across three lawns.
‘Red light’ game puts N.Y. district officials ill at ease
October 18, 2011
Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, speaks with SBF about an incident on a district bus in which a student forces his way from one end of the bus to the other while other students try to physically prevent him from doing so — a game called "red light." Lawrence offers tips for school bus drivers who might experience similar incidents.
Pupil transporters plan activities, issue tips for School Bus Safety Week
October 13, 2011
From industry associations to school districts to contractors, officials are gearing up to observe the national event, which will be held next week. Participation in Operation Safe Stop, poster and writing contests, and recognizing bus drivers for performance excellence are among the activities in the works. Officials urge students and motorists to use caution when walking and driving around school buses.
NASDPTS issues guidance on pedal misapplication
October 11, 2011
The association provides steps for state directors to take in educating school bus operations about the risks of pedal misapplication, which has been cited as a factor in several bus crashes in recent years.
Solution monitors bus driver cell phone use
October 11, 2011
Signal-Safe, a wireless technology from Orion Innovations, is designed to discourage driver cell phone use (and resulting distraction) to protect passengers and prevent motor vehicle crashes. Signal-Safe utilizes a cell phone signal detection device to isolate the vehicle driver station. The device is integrated with the electrical function of the vehicle and is deployed when the ignition switch is in the "on" position and the vehicle is in motion.
5 N.C. districts test cameras to catch stop-arm violators
October 6, 2011
The pilot program uses a surveillance system that positions three cameras on the outside of the bus. The goal is to cut down on the more than 2,000 illegal passing incidents that school buses in the state experience each day.
NAPT Summit keynote speaker to discuss bullying prevention crusade
October 6, 2011
Jessica Brookshire will share with attendees her passion for and the mission of K.A.R.M.A: Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression, which she founded. Brookshire has appeared at schools across Alabama and Georgia, speaking to more than 85,000 children in two years on behalf of the organization.

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