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Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from bus crash
November 18, 2010
Joseph Anthony Garcia faces eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the bus head-on in an apparent suicide attempt last month. The judge presiding over the case appoints a public defender to represent Garcia and sets a felony settlement conference for Nov. 30.
Student arrested after bringing box cutter on school bus
November 18, 2010
The student told authorities that she was planning to confront a 12-year-old girl with the box cutter. She has been charged with possession of a weapon in a school zone and making terroristic threats.
District approves fingerprint scan pilot program for buses
November 17, 2010
Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, Calif., will install the fingerprint scanning system for students on six school buses. The system will provide real-time information as to which students are riding the buses, and to what locations.
Man charged for pulling gun on bus driver
November 16, 2010
On Monday, the bus driver and Blake Gracie, who was driving a jeep, came to a stop at a red light after the bus driver may have inadvertently cut in front of the jeep in traffic. The two flashed obscene gestures at one another, and then Gracie exited the jeep and pointed a rifle at the bus driver.
NAPT names poster contest winners
November 16, 2010
The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone!” German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., placed first in Division III and was the overall winner of the contest.
Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
Last call for school bus heroes
November 11, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Nov. 12.
10 More Ways to Bolster Safety
November 11, 2010

Pupil transportation officials share tips on bus stop safety, pre-trip inspections, emergency communications and more in this sequel to the August issue feature.

Report: Bus driver acted ‘responsibly’ at railway crossing
November 9, 2010
A police investigation reveals that during the incident in Milton, Ontario, the bus driver looked and listened for train traffic, then started moving the bus forward. Signals began to alert the arrival of a train, so the driver stopped immediately. A Canadian Pacific Railway employee who witnessed the incident confirmed that the bus was several meters away from the used service tracks and no one was in any danger.
Parents to sign student bus behavior contracts
November 8, 2010
Officials at an Ohio school district are combating inappropriate bus behavior by introducing a contract that must be signed by parents in order for their children to ride the bus. The contract will inform parents of undesirable bus conduct, including fighting, yelling, eating and drinking.
Students bused after defects found in pedestrian overpass
November 4, 2010
The bridge is removed following a "sudden structural failure." The local school district will shuttle about 100 elementary students across the four-lane street to ensure their safety while the overpass is closed.
Bullying is unacceptable
November 4, 2010

In the wake of a highly publicized incident on a school bus in September, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) issued a white paper on bullying. It is excerpted here.

Bullying panel stirs emotions at NAPT Summit
November 1, 2010
Attendees conveyed a receptive atmosphere for James Jones, the father who boarded his daughter's bus in September, causing a media sensation. The panel also included a young actor with cerebral palsy from television show Breaking Bad, U.S. Department of Education representative Kevin Jennings, and Thomas Built Buses essay contest winner Chancellor Coger.
SBF to spotlight school bus heroes
October 28, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act.
School bus driver teaches students through songs
October 27, 2010
Susan Flick’s goal is to make students feel a sense of friendship on the bus and establish learning on the way to school. She recently taught them a song about good nutrition and last year, she taught them a rap song about being respectful to others.
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.

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