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School bus driver honored for exemplary service
April 1, 2011
Charles Whitted receives the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s 10th Annual School Bus Driver of the Year Award. He is presented with a plaque and honored at an Operation Safe Stop kickoff press conference.
Man arrested for allegedly stealing school bus batteries
March 31, 2011
Police respond to a call in which two batteries from each of 10 Portsmouth (Va.) Public Schools buses were pulled and cut from the cables. The suspect in the incident has been charged with grand larceny, larceny with the intent to sell and destruction of property over $1,000.
Bus drivers arrested for allegedly obtaining licenses using aliases
March 29, 2011
George Gregory Gonsalves and Emel Enrique Marin each had a valid commercial driver's license in one name and a suspended license in another. They have been charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and falsifying business records in the second degree.
Bus driver keeps cool in icy accident
March 24, 2011
When a car collides with Leonard Davis' school bus, pushing it off the icy road and down an embankment, he manages to get the bus back on all four tires and onto the road. The veteran bus driver is credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe.
Police to participate in Operation Safe Stop Day
March 23, 2011
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal bus passing complaints and issue tickets to violators. Final figures will be made available to state and local officials, as well as the media.
Survey reports on illegal bus passing incidents in Maryland
March 22, 2011
The survey, which the State Department of Education coordinated with transportation directors from all 24 of Maryland’s school systems, reveals that 7,028 violations were recorded on a single day last month. Large school systems noted the most violators, while some small school systems found no violators.
Student charged with felony for bomb threat
March 22, 2011
Police say that a school bus driver saw the 11-year-old boy on the bus with a device that resembled a bomb, and that the driver heard the boy threaten to detonate it on the bus or in a school. SWAT teams determine that there are no explosives on the device, but police take the boy into custody.
School bus driver charged for texting while driving
March 17, 2011
Police charge Evelyn Guzman with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Footage from the surveillance camera on her bus allegedly shows her texting; police believe Guzman sent and received 1,068 text messages while operating a bus between April 6 and May 15, 2010.
Boy attacked by moose near bus stop
March 17, 2011
A 6-year-old boy is taken to a medical center to receive treatment for a head injury he sustains after he is charged by a moose upon exiting his school bus. The boy's mother was waiting near the bus stop in her car.
Police search for men who harassed children at bus stop
March 15, 2011
The men approach a 5-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy in a car after following the bus they had been riding. The children ask the men why they were following the bus; one reportedly says it is because he is "a rapist."
Bus driver fined for 'ignoring another bus' flashing lights'
March 15, 2011
Wendy Sue Restoule must pay $250 within the next six months for the incident. She was initially charged with failing to stop for a school bus — a violation punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points, but ahead of her trial, a plea was entered on her behalf to the lesser charge of disobeying a traffic control signal in her lane.
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.

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