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Report: Bus driver wasn’t wearing seat belt during crash
July 19, 2011
A sheriff's deputy who reviewed a video of the incident in Michigan last month says Eileen Marie Delaney fell from the driver's seat into the entrance well of her bus during a left turn because she was not wearing a seat belt. The bus crashed into a garage, and Delaney suffered minor injuries.
Report: Bus driver was 'drowsy' on day of fatal crash
July 14, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Ross Herringdine, who tested positive following the October 2010 accident for an ingredient found in cough medicine that can cause fatigue, is sentenced to a year of probation and receives a $600 fine for failing to stay in his lane. Students told investigators that on the day of the crash, Herringdine seemed drowsy while operating the bus.
IC Bus and IMMI system allows for retrofit to belted seats
July 14, 2011
The IC Bus BTI Seating System enables users to change from an IC Bus base seat to a SafeGuard three-point belted seat or to an integrated child restraint seat in less than five minutes, according to IC Bus.
Secure digital card option doubles Rosco recorder capacity
July 12, 2011
Officials say the new 32 GB secure digital card option for the company's Dual-Vision windshield-based recorder increases the length of continuous recording to 30 hours. Prior generation Dual-Vision recorders are suitable for the option, but require a firmware update.
New Standards for School Bus Seat Belts
July 12, 2011

In October, the remaining provisions of NHTSA’s final rule on school bus occupant protection go into effect. Here, seat belt manufacturers discuss the changes.

Survey confirms 'alarming' number of illegal passes
July 11, 2011
The first national survey of stop-arm running finds that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says that the association, which conducted the survey, hopes that the results will "trigger more safety countermeasures within states and at the national level."
NAPT News & Views
July 7, 2011

The association discusses the impact of a terrorism hoax on April 1 in New York State that involved school buses and also its efforts to curb school bus bullying.

Conn. allows video in citing stop-arm runners
July 5, 2011
Warning signs have to be posted on school buses equipped with surveillance systems to catch the violations. Images have to clearly show the license plate number of passing vehicles.
S.C. votes to pay for buses with unclaimed lottery money
July 5, 2011
Lawmakers vote to use the $12.4 million to pay for school buses overrides Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the original budget item. Haley vetoed the item because she believes the state should focus on privatizing its bus system, but lawmakers say students need safe transportation while the state investigates the benefits of privatization.
GreenRoad adds safety, efficiency features to driver management solution
June 30, 2011
The company has increased the functionality of GreenRoad 360 by adding posted speed performance and idling heat maps and expanding its data integration ability.
AngelTrax compact mobile DVR features wireless technology
June 29, 2011
The company’s MicroLinx video surveillance solution has built-in wireless LAN connectivity, which allows users to view live, streaming video, download recorded video data remotely and receive instant system health notifications from their local network or a cellular carrier's GSM network. The unit comes standard with four high-resolution audio and video channels.
Online reporting tool provides proactive approach to bullying prevention
June 28, 2011
Joe Bruzzese, an instructor at at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Westmont College, creates Sprigeo.com to provide students with a safe, easy way to report on bullying. The system, he tells SBF, helps school administrators prevent violence on the bus and in school.
Countywide school bus safety reporting recommended
June 22, 2011
Education officials express skepticism over the recommendation by a Ventura County (Calif.) grand jury, noting that the request "does not come along with any resources."
Driver honored for actions to save students before car-bus collision
June 22, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Paul receives an aboriginal star blanket ceremony and a provincial plaque from Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. Last month, Paul was transporting students home when he saw a car coming, slowed down and pulled off to the shoulder of the road to move out of the way as much as possible before the car struck the bus.
Bus driver logs nearly 65 years behind the wheel
June 22, 2011
Carl Fisher has been driving a school bus since the end of World War II and has only missed one day of work. His accomplishment has earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Student charged with malicious wounding of bus driver
June 17, 2011
The teenager approaches the driver in her seat while the bus is stopped, makes verbal comments to her and then strikes her in the face and neck with his fists. Following an investigation, the student is taken into custody on a detention order and is transported to a juvenile detention center.
District, city officials work to brighten bus stops
June 17, 2011
The transportation director and a board member for a Florida school district are collaborating with Cape Coral’s councilman to move school bus stops from unlit spots to be located at light poles. So far, about 80 percent of the 5,000 stops in the city are lit.
Chinese municipal government to purchase new school buses
June 15, 2011
The buses, produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd., are similar in appearance to the Type C school buses that are built in the U.S. They reportedly feature an enclosed ring structure around the body for impact resistance, and each seat is equipped with a seat belt.
New York legislators recognize state’s school bus drivers
June 8, 2011
On May 24, the state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. William Larkin that declares Oct. 21, 2011, School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Bus driver Maureen Moore has contacted Larkin since 2005 to request the adoption of the resolution. She tells SBF that her ultimate goal is to achieve a National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Students help bus driver quit smoking
June 7, 2011
Jerry Hitchcock, who works for a Montana school district, decides to give up his 50-year habit after two sisters who ride his bus hide his cigarettes and tell him he should stop. He says the encouragement of the girls and the other passengers who ride his bus have helped him stick to his goal.

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