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Police investigating 2 fatalities involving school buses
March 15, 2011
A 6-year-old boy in Louisiana passes away on Monday morning from head injuries he sustained when he was caught on the outside of his school bus and dragged along a road. On Monday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy in Georgia passes away when he is run over by a school bus at a district’s transportation facility.
Trapper catches alligator lurking near school bus stop
March 14, 2011
Parents and students express concern after the 10-foot, 400-pound reptile is spotted in a pond not far from the bus stop. The alligator was taken away last Thursday.
Enhancing vision in the danger zone
March 11, 2011
As a school bus driver, Gloria Buley sought a way to enhance the safety of children outside of the bus. What she came up with is a device that serves as an additional mirror and a stop arm. She explains the invention in an interview with SBF.
Bus carrying kindergartners reportedly loses brakes
March 10, 2011
The driver tells investigators that she felt the brakes fail as she was driving up a steep hill. The bus knocked down a fire hydrant and utility pole before crashing into a car and coming to a stop against a tree on the front lawn of a nearby house.
Former bus driver charged for near-collision with train
March 10, 2011
Christina Wisecarver, who worked for an Ohio district, faces one count of driving across a grade crossing. Last month, she drove her school bus across an intersection as a train approached. Five high school students were on board the bus at the time of the incident.
Rhode Island family challenges school bus monitor bill
March 3, 2011
New legislation would eliminate the state's requirement for monitors to be on all school buses for kindergartners up to fifth-graders. The Pendergasts, whose daughter was struck and killed by her own school bus in 1985, are in favor of preserving the mandate, saying that monitors help to increase student safety.
Police: Medical condition likely led to bus crash
March 3, 2011
Joann Jensen strikes a power pole while transporting students and is then transported to a hospital, where she is pronounced dead. Police believe Jensen may have suffered a medical condition while driving that caused her to lose control of the bus and hit the pole.
Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 2, 2011
A free web seminar sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
Company provides small bus for students on hazardous road
March 1, 2011
The Red Lion Bus Co. vehicle will serve 18 students who attend a Pennsylvania school district. The children live off of a road deemed by the state to be too hazardous for walking, and it is too narrow for a regular-size school bus to navigate.
State directors to tally bus passing
February 28, 2011
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses — an ongoing problem that results in multiple student fatalities each year.
Rally held in support of school bus kidnappers' release
February 24, 2011
Thirty-five years ago, James and Richard Schoenfeld and Fred Woods kidnapped 26 children and a driver from a school bus, intending to hold them for $5 million ransom. Supporters of the trio who attend the rally say that they are not a danger to society, but some of the victims say they should not be paroled.
LaHood honors school bus drivers
February 24, 2011
The U.S. secretary of transportation and other dignitaries praise the nation's pupil transportation system at a Love the Bus event in Maryland.
Student dies after being run over by school bus
February 22, 2011
The 10-year-old student misses the bus at a bus stop and is run over by the vehicle's rear tires when he falls after running alongside the bus. The accident is under investigation.
Seon Design introduces mobile surveillance system package
February 17, 2011
The solution includes fleet management software, a DVR, and video and recorded data management software.
Maine could adopt new rule about transporting alcohol on buses
February 15, 2011
The state Department of Education is considering a rule next year that would prohibit school bus drivers from having unopened containers of alcohol in their vehicles after students found their driver's unopened beer on the bus. Currently, there is no state law that prohibits this.
Teen escapes attempted abduction at bus stop
February 14, 2011
A man grabs the 14-year-old girl and tries to remove some of her clothing, but she is able to free herself. The victim then runs home and reports the incident to her mother; detectives are working to generate a composite sketch of the suspect.
Students produce public safety video on illegal bus passing
February 10, 2011
The 30-second public service announcement demonstrates that protecting the lives of students is worth waiting the extra time for a stopped school bus. It was produced in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; authorities report that between September and January, they received 60 complaints of illegal passing incidents.
AngelTrax announces additions to mobile DVR line
February 10, 2011
The company's Hybrid Component Series now includes the Hybrid Quest and Hybrid Vault. These hot-swappable, component-based DVRs both feature wireless compatibility, and are capable of live video streaming and instant system health checks.
'Ice missile' strikes bus, shattering windshield
February 8, 2011
A sheet of ice that fell off of a tractor-trailer hits the bus. The driver successfully pulls the bus over. He and three students sustain injuries in the incident.
Alabama student arrested for bringing handgun on bus
February 8, 2011
The high school student shows the firearm to several middle school students, who report the incident to police. The student is also suspended and faces possible expulsion.

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