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Blue Bird honors 35-year school bus driver
March 29, 2012
Earl Rineer, 89, receives a plaque at the manufacturer's headquarters for his dedication to public service and transporting students. Rineer works as a bus driver and trainer for Sague Bus Service in Pennsylvania, and he says he’ll continue working as long as he passes the medical requirements.
Bus driver reacts quickly to drunken driver
March 29, 2012
Kimberly Lincoln closes the door of her bus to keep students inside as a driver passes the bus on the right shoulder. The driver, Michael R. Malone, is found later passed out in his vehicle and is arrested for his 11th drunken driving offense.
NAPT News & Views — NAPT acts against violence on school buses
March 29, 2012

The association is planning to offer several workshops on violence prevention at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., later this year. Officials are reaching out to law enforcement and other agencies, legal experts and professional educators to put together an agenda packed with experts on this and other important topics.

Survivors of ’72 bus crash gather for remembrance
March 27, 2012
The March 24, 1972, crash remains the worst school bus accident in New York history. Five teens were killed as Joseph Larkin attempted to drive the bus across a railroad crossing as a train was coming. Survivors say that Larkin tried to outrun the train because he was late.
Buses cleared to cross aging bridge
March 27, 2012
The Montana Department of Transportation recently gave approval for fully loaded school buses to cross Maclay Bridge, a one-lane structure with a weight limit that was downgraded from 14 tons to 11 tons last year. Missoula County officials initially forgot to request an analysis of the buses' load rating after the bridge's limit was downgraded.
1 student killed, many others injured in Fla. bus crash
March 27, 2012
In Monday’s accident, the school bus turns left in front of a semitrailer and is struck at the rear. Officials say the impact spun the bus 180 degrees clockwise and overturned the tractor-trailer.
45K trained in school transportation security program
March 22, 2012
School Bus First Observer has instructed tens of thousands of drivers and other pupil transportation personnel on identifying and reporting suspicious activities. Program Manager Charles Hall says that the industry has “much to be proud of.”
Driver says she took sleeping pill on day of accident
March 22, 2012
Former school bus driver Lynn McGlothlin was charged with reckless driving after she drove up on a curb and rear-ended a truck with her bus. McGlothlin says she accidentally took a generic form of Ambien instead of her thyroid medicine.
Carroll retires, new Minn. state director named
March 20, 2012
Lt. Brian Reu is appointed the director of the state Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after Lt. Ed Carroll's retirement. Reu discusses his new role with SBF.
Wild turkey flies through bus windshield
March 15, 2012
Three students and the driver sustain minor injuries when the bird smashes into the windshield, spraying broken glass in the bus.
Bus, truck drivers face charges in fatal N.J. crash
March 15, 2012
The bus driver is cited for failing to stop or yield. The driver of the dump truck is cited for failing to properly secure and cover the truck's load. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against the drivers after an investigation and a toxicology test are completed.
Ind. district keeps students safe during tornado
March 14, 2012
When the tornado hit Henryville on March 2, the city sustained severe damage, but West Clark Community Schools’ bus passengers were uninjured thanks to the actions of the district’s transportation staff and administration team. As Director of Transportation Jim Scroggin tells SBF, the employees monitored the weather, and the bus drivers and students sought shelter in buildings.
Mont. district opts for belts on buses
March 13, 2012
The Helena School District reportedly will be the first in the state to require lap-shoulder belts on its buses. The move comes with the school board’s approval of a seven-year busing contract that specifies the three-point restraints.
2 killed when bus strikes bridge pillar
March 12, 2012
The bus was carrying 50 students to Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School at the time of the crash. The driver and one student are killed, two students are critically injured and eight others sustain more minor injuries.
School bus kidnapper could be released in May
March 8, 2012
California's First District Court of Appeal finds that Richard Schoenfeld has completed his sentence for the crime of kidnapping 26 Chowchilla schoolchildren and their school bus driver in 1976. The decision becomes final at the end of April unless the state Board of Parole Hearings files an appeal.
Bus driver tests positive for cocaine after crash
March 8, 2012
Catherine Daffin is charged with child endangerment and could face more charges for an incident last month in which she lost control of her bus and hit two mailboxes, drove over a median and crashed into a tree. Daffin claimed that the brakes had failed, but an investigation found that mechanical errors did not contribute to the accident.
Md. districts aim to capture stop-arm violations
March 8, 2012
Several counties in the state are turning to camera systems to combat the persistent problem of illegal school bus passing. Directors of transportation discuss their efforts with SBF.
Agency seeks comments on proposed bus standard
March 7, 2012
A draft of the D250-12 standard has been posted for public review by the Canadian Standards Association. The Ontario School Bus Association says that the most significant changes to the current standard are the requirement for side mirrors to have remote control adjustment, and there are accessibility requirements for buses that are designed to be wheelchair accessible.
Poll probes transportation workers' sleep issues
March 5, 2012
About one-fourth of train operators and pilots admit that sleepiness has affected their job performance at least once a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says that the new poll, which includes bus drivers, "should serve as a literal 'wake-up call.'"
VIDEO: School bus torched by flare
March 5, 2012
Maryland State Police have in custody the student who they believe lit the flare on the bus. Twenty-eight students were on board at the time of the incident.

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