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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.
Student fires BB gun at bus driver
October 6, 2011
Two elementary school students who were using the gun on the bus are suspended after one of them fires the gun at the driver. Neither the driver nor any of the students on board are harmed during the incident.
School bus crashes drop 10% in Calif.
October 4, 2011
Even with increases in the state’s number of school buses and miles traveled, collisions fell from 2,091 to 1,878 in fiscal year 2009-10. Five of the crashes resulted in fatalities, but none was a student bus passenger.
Student, bus driver cited for endangerment
October 4, 2011
A 15-year-old girl on a Tennessee school bus allegedly stands up and grabs the steering wheel from the driver, who students claimed was missing stops. The driver maintains control of the bus and turns back to a high school to report the incident, but she acknowledges that she ignored stop signs in the return trip.
4 buses burn at Ill. elementary school
October 4, 2011
Sheriff's deputies and fire personnel respond to a report of buses on fire and find four school buses aflame in the school's parking lot. Officials are considering the fire suspicious in nature but are not labeling it arson.
Following fatal accidents, Neb. motorists urged to use caution around buses
October 3, 2011
Last month, two men were killed in separate incidents wherein the vehicles they were driving struck the rear of stopped school buses. The Nebraska State Patrol issues a statement urging all drivers to “pay extra attention during those times when school buses are typically on the road.”
Target bus stop dangers
September 30, 2011

I recently heard the harrowing story of Jaycee Dugard’s life for nearly two decades after she was abducted from a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1991 by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and held captive in the backyard of his home. This got me thinking about what school districts can do to maximize student safety at bus stops.

Former bus driver honored for preventing possible child abduction
September 27, 2011
Kandi Burnham is honored at Florida's annual Missing Children's Day for her actions. In December, Burnham became suspicious of a man who approached her bus pushing a wheelchair and asked for one of the students on board her bus. The man claimed to be the student's father, then her uncle. Burnham drove off and reported the incident.

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