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Teen who crashed into school bus under investigation for DUI
October 26, 2010
Blood samples have been taken from the driver of a BMW and his two passengers to determine if they had been using drugs or alcohol prior to fatally striking a pedestrian and crashing into the back of a school bus on Monday. A manslaughter charge is likely to be pursued against the driver if he is found to have been under the influence.
Parents push for more visible school bus stops
October 14, 2010
Don and Kimberly Mair have asked a Florida school district’s board to support their efforts to get warning signs posted at bus stops to alert motorists that there might be children in the area. The couple’s daughter, Gabby, was fatally hit by a car in June after being dropped off by her school bus.
Efforts to observe School Bus Safety Week abound
October 13, 2010
A non-profit coalition has issued tips for children, while a school bus contractor and operations from Missouri to Nevada have organized safety lessons and assemblies for students. In Florida, the departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have developed the “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” campaign.
ASBC offers presentations on school bus benefits
October 12, 2010
The industry coalition’s Yellow School Bus Champions program provides 5-, 10- and 30-minute presentations that are available for download. They cover the safety, educational and environmental advantages of school bus use.
Report examines contributing factors in fatal vehicle crashes
October 12, 2010
Transportation-related factors include traffic controls, road characteristics and weather impacts; human-related factors include number of people involved, drunken driving and light conditions.
School bus trainer saves choking student
October 7, 2010
Oscar Juracan noticed that a boy on the bus was not breathing, and the trainer quickly responded to perform abdominal thrusts on the elementary student. Spring (Texas) ISD requires all of its trainers to take a CPR course.
Driver evades gang members following bus after on-board fight
October 7, 2010
After a student involved in a fight on the bus jumped from the rear emergency door and got in a car with two other men to follow the bus, Harnett County school bus driver Sha-Wana Cameron was able to evade the car and contact police.
Police investigating suspicious object placed underneath school bus
September 30, 2010
The Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police Department received a call from a passerby reporting that she observed a female exit her vehicle and place an object underneath a school bus as it was stopped for traffic at an intersection. Police, FBI and fire officials are investigating the incident.
Dispatch from the Distracted Driving Summit
September 28, 2010
At the national summit last week, North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham had a realization about the school bus industry’s cause. He describes the experience in this editorial.
Video: District plans bus loop redesign to improve safety
September 28, 2010
Hyde Park (N.Y.) Central School District has created an information page on its Website featuring its proposed plan to redesign the bus loop at its middle school. The page includes minutes from public input meetings and a video illustrating the district's motivations for the redesign.
Children hit by passing cars in similar accidents last week
September 28, 2010
Two illegal passing incidents occurred on Friday last week: one in Indiana, one in North Carolina. In both cases, the children struck by oncoming vehicles survived. In Indiana, the 18-year-old motorist is said to have been using her cell phone at the time of the accident.
AAA: Texting while driving doubles after Calif. ban
September 23, 2010
Texting and use of devices has jumped to 2.7 percent of drivers at any time, with young women the most frequent violators. Current penalties are inadequate to deter the behavior, officials say.
School Bus Seat Belts Catching On
September 23, 2010

Proponents have developed counterpoints to each of the most common arguments against installing seat belts on school buses, including loss of capacity, problems during evacuations and passengers using seat belts as weapons. Unsurprisingly, cost is the biggest obstruction.

New York association announces contest winners
September 20, 2010
Designs for NYAPT's bumper sticker contest, which is in its third year, must include the words "STOP 4 THE BUS" and depict the requirement for motorists to stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. This year's contest drew more than 200 entries from elementary students across the state.
Congressman to push for National School Bus Safety Week
September 15, 2010
Baron Hill (D-Ind.) will introduce a presidential proclamation next month designating the third week in October of every year as National School Bus Safety Week. Pupil transporters are urged to show their support by contacting their congressmen and congresswomen and encouraging them to vote “yes” when the bill comes to the floor.
Missing bus found on island in British Columbia
September 14, 2010
Students and teachers on a chartered bus headed toward a coastal town on Vancouver Island for a field trip were stranded on Sunday when the driver took a wrong turn and got stuck. The bus was found and pulled out on Monday afternoon.
Device makes drivers buckle up
September 14, 2010
Click 'N' Drive prevents shifting an automatic transmission from park unless the driver's seat belt is buckled.
LaHood sets agenda for second Distracted Driving Summit
September 14, 2010
The summit, scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., will also be Webcast live at www.distraction.gov, allowing those who can't attend to watch remotely and submit questions for panelists.
Report: Condition of state highways has improved
September 2, 2010
The Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report indicates that nationally, the percentage of urban interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000. Pavement conditions on urban interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and traffic fatalities have fallen to the lowest levels seen since the 1960s.
Video: Dad makes school bus sandwich
August 31, 2010
Kai Wilken helps his son eat healthy foods at school by creating sandwiches with lunchmeat, cheese, fruit and vegetables that feature everything from superheroes to cartoon characters. Among his other edible masterpieces is a school bus.

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