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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.
School redesigns parking lot, bus loading zone after accident
August 30, 2010
The new parking lot and bus loading zone are designed to create separate pick-up and drop-off areas for buses and vehicles. A committee of school officials headed up the effort to improve safety.
Civil citation sought for illegal bus passing
August 23, 2010
While law enforcement cannot issue a citation unless an officer was present to see the violation, Frederick (Md.) County Public Schools officials want to cite drivers and charge a fine for passing a school bus illegally in the city of Frederick.
Former bus driver sentenced in Minnesota accident
August 19, 2010
Westal John Maine is given 10 days in jail and fined $135 for moving his school bus without ensuring that 6-year-old Evan Lee Lindquist was out of the way. Maine's jail time was suspended under the conditions that he speak to area bus drivers on safety and reach out to Lindquist's family.
Bus crash shows need for mass casualty event recovery planning
August 18, 2010
Those plans should also cover field trips, security expert Michael Dorn writes following the fatal school bus accident in Missouri. Emergency preparedness measures include programming student, staff and chaperone information into the emergency notification system.
Bus safety messages abound for new school year
August 18, 2010
School districts, contractors, state highway patrol officials and others have issued reminders to motorists and tips to parents and students to ensure students’ safety in 2010-11. Reminders for motorists include stopping for school buses while tips for parents include accompanying their children to their bus stops whenever possible.
System blocks calls, texts to prevent distracted driving
August 18, 2010
Cellcontrol technology can prevent drivers of school buses and other fleet vehicles from making phone calls, text messaging, e-mailing and Web browsing when a vehicle is moving. The system also reports idle time, mileage and speed capturing.
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August 17, 2010

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