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LEDs Offer an Array of Advantages
August 11, 2011

Suppliers of light-emitting diode (LED) systems say they provide greater longevity, visibility and efficiency. Here, we provide details on some of the latest LED units for school buses.

Girl left at wrong bus stop goes missing for 2 hours
August 9, 2011
Lyric Gavin, 5, takes the bus home from school on Monday and is dropped off 15 minutes away from where she lives. The bus driver does not see Lyric's address tag on her backpack because she exits the bus with a group of students, according to the school district's spokeswoman. A parent finds Lyric wandering in an apartment complex and calls her mother.
The debate on traffic monitoring systems
August 9, 2011

Any drivers who are worried about being photographed and fined, whether at a traffic light or next to a school bus, should shift their focus to following the laws.

NAPT News & Views — Bullying: committing to positive interventions
August 9, 2011

The association discusses steps that it has taken and continues to take to reduce the incidence of bullying on board school buses. These efforts include partnering with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to make available free professional training for the school bus industry to encourage positive interventions.

Hersman to serve again as head of NTSB
August 8, 2011
The Senate confirms Deborah Hersman for another two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Her credentials include a CDL with a school bus endorsement.
Review: Bullying Prevention on the School Bus
August 8, 2011
Pupil transportation veteran Cheryl Wolf writes that the anti-bullying training program from the School Bus Safety Co. "should be mandatory for all new drivers and should be used as a refresher course for all drivers at the beginning of the school year."
Managing Student Behavior Improves Onboard Safety
August 5, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss practices they have established toward this effort, such as assigned seating. They also address the importance of creating policies on eating and drinking and transporting backpacks and instruments, as well as ways to reduce noise inside the bus.

Time to Update Your Route Hazards Inventory?
August 4, 2011

As evidenced by the infamous Fox River Grove crash, documenting school bus route hazards is critical. Detailed, accurate route descriptions are essential, and drivers must be involved in the documenting process.

Step cover targets slips on bus stairs
August 3, 2011
The product from Safeguard Technology wraps over the leading edge of steps for anti-slip protection. Officials say it is “easily installed on all bus applications and will last for years before needing replacement.”
Miss. bus safety effort to include more driver training
August 2, 2011
Under the initiative, which is set to begin in January, school bus drivers will receive more training and public service announcements will inform motorists of bus safety laws. The implementation of the initiative is led by a Bus Safety Task Force that was formed by the state Legislature.
Not just transportation
July 29, 2011

School buses in the U.S. safely shuttle some 24 million kids to and from school each day, but are the big, yellow vessels contributing to the education process in other ways?

County cracks down on school traffic safety
July 28, 2011
The zero tolerance campaign will focus on school bus stop zones and school speed zones. The campaign will put on-shift and special traffic patrols throughout Tipton County in Tennessee to enforce traffic safety. Seat belt use and distracted and impatient driving will be targeted.
Second part of anti-bullying training program available
July 28, 2011
"Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying" from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools' program focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus by providing strategies to cultivate positive relationships.
Maryland allots $550K for school bus safety efforts
July 27, 2011
Forty-six agencies statewide will receive a total of $548,411 in grants from the Maryland School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund to put toward police overtime to enforce bus safety laws or driver education activities. The money for such projects is designed to help reduce the incidence of illegal bus passing in the state.
NASDPTS responds to article on school bus advertising
July 20, 2011
The state directors association sends a letter to an official at the National Education Association explaining its reasons for opposing bus ads, and offers its support to the education association on efforts to maintain school bus ridership. The letter is in response to an article published in NEA Today that discusses school districts that permit advertising on the exterior of their buses and the money that’s been generated as a result of it.
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.

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