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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.
Suicidal man sentenced for crashing into bus
September 27, 2011
Joseph Anthony Garcia pleads guilty to eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon and is sentenced to two years in prison on each count for ramming his car into a California school district's bus last year. Moments before the crash, Garcia failed in an apparent attempt to leap to his death by climbing a highway overpass.
Videos to instruct on school bus crisis response
September 26, 2011
The set of DVDs from Safe Havens International will cover such topics as why video tabletops and mental simulation exercises are effective at improving employees’ performance under life-and-death conditions. The organization has been using the scenarios in the videos for training purposes at school districts and to evaluate their level of preparedness. Safe Havens Executive Director Michael Dorn discusses the findings with SBF.
NHTSA launches traffic safety campaign for kids
September 22, 2011
The agency partners with the creators of the animated series “Chuggington” for the effort. It includes a public service announcement featuring characters from the show, a kid-focused safety pledge, and downloadable safety tips and activities on school buses, bikes and car seat use for parents and caregivers to use with children.
Hearing for bus drivers in fatal Mo. crash rescheduled
September 22, 2011
Katherine Shackelford and Kelly McEnnis-Mullenix were to be arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of careless and imprudent driving for their part in a collision last year that killed two teens. The women's attorneys appear in court and reschedule the hearing for December.
Why school bus crashes are on the decline in Ohio
September 22, 2011
State director Pete Japikse says that better training and management practices have led to a steady decrease — about 25 percent over the past 11 years — in the number of school bus accidents in Ohio. He discusses the state's safety efforts in an interview with SBF.
Man stops runaway bus, helps ailing driver
September 21, 2011
Matt Collins observes the school bus drift through an intersection, and it appears as though no one is driving the vehicle. When he runs up to the bus and opens the door, he finds the driver slumped over without a pulse, so he puts on the bus’ parking brake and begins administering CPR on the driver.
Mass. district equips all buses with lap-shoulder belts
September 16, 2011
IMMI has completed installation of its SafeGuard seating products on Waltham Public Schools' buses. A grassroots group educated the district’s school committee on benefits and expected costs of adding lap-shoulder belts to school buses, and more than 800 Waltham residents signed a petition requesting that the committee require the belts in its bus contracts.
N.J. back-to-school event promotes bus safety
September 15, 2011
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission holds a safety event at the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education school bus maintenance garage to kick off its biannual school bus inspections. Director of Transportation Warren Fipp discusses the event, and the importance of the inspection program, with SBF.
NTSB: Ban cell phone use for commercial drivers
September 15, 2011
Citing distraction from the use of a mobile phone by a truck driver as the probable cause of a crash that killed 11 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers, except in emergencies.
Driver suspended for leaving student dangling from bus doors
September 15, 2011
The school bus driver reportedly stops in front of 5-year-old Alexis Luvell’s home and opens the doors to let her out, but drives off before ensuring that the girl has fully exited the bus. Her backpack is caught in the doors, and she is left hanging as the bus drives 41 feet down the road. The incident is under investigation.
How to position and use bus mirrors
September 15, 2011

Officials say the most important component of this effort is complying with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111, which sets forth field-of-vision requirements. They also provide tips on establishing the danger zone around a bus so it is visible in the mirrors, and they discuss proper mirror adjustment.

Raccoon is chased off school bus, killed
September 13, 2011
A North Carolina driver takes a bus to a high school and realizes a raccoon is on board. A school resource officer chases the animal into a clearing, where it is shot and killed. The animal is being tested for rabies, and the bus is being kept at a shelter until a decision is made to put it back into service.
Seon’s new bus exterior camera can target stop-arm runners
September 8, 2011
The CA Wedge is aimed at providing clear bus-exterior video in all weather conditions. It supports lenses from 2.9 to 3.6 mm for wide-angle door-entry applications, and 16 to 25 mm lenses for identifying stop-arm violation vehicles.
Batteries stolen from 32 Miami school buses
September 8, 2011
Officials discover Tuesday that batteries were stolen from 32 buses at Miami-Dade County Public Schools' bus depot. Alternate buses are used to complete bus routes, but the theft affects 800 students during the morning commute and 400 in the afternoon.
1 dead, dozens injured as school bus overturns
September 6, 2011
The bus, returning from a football game, is struck around midnight by a car that failed to yield at a stop sign, according to police. A 15-year-old student on the bus dies in the accident, and about 30 others are taken to hospitals.
NTSB calls again for stability control systems
September 2, 2011
The safety board recommends that NHTSA develop standards for stability control systems — and require them — for commercial vehicles and buses over 10,000 pounds. The new recommendations supersede earlier ones.
New law cracks down on bus driver drinking, drug use
August 30, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn approves the bill, which requires bus drivers to submit to drug and alcohol testing if there is a reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence. Drivers who fail or refuse to submit to the test will have their school bus permit suspended for three years.
Hart to serve again as NTSB vice chairman
August 29, 2011
Christopher Hart is sworn in for a second term in the position for the National Transportation Safety Board. He has been involved in transportation safety for more than 30 years.
National Guard rescues students stranded in bus
August 25, 2011
Council Bluffs, Iowa, experiences heavy rain and the school bus stalls after the driver goes through water that is deeper than it seems. Lewis Central Community Schools officials say it’s unclear whether any action will be taken against the driver, as they have not yet talked to the driver about the incident.

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