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District pushes for increased traffic control near buses
June 29, 2010
To bolster student safety, Dallas County Schools officials have asked a city council committee to pass an ordinance for zones to be created around school buses that motorists could not cross while the buses’ stop arms are deployed.
Student struck by bus last week dies
June 24, 2010
Police in Pennsylvania said it appeared that the 6-year-old boy darted in front of the bus near his home. He had been hospitalized since the June 16 accident.
Que sera, sera?
June 24, 2010

It’s easy to get mired down in all the bad economic news these days. It’s everywhere and affects nearly everyone. As bad as it seems, there are actually choices for school bus professionals trying to deal with the new economic realities. Acknowledge that the “good ol’ days” have been replaced with a new reality requiring a more energized professional advocacy.

Share your safety tips
June 17, 2010
SBF wants your contributions for a forthcoming article on ways to enhance safety at school bus operations. We’ll cover a wide range of areas, including on the bus, during loading/unloading, in the bus lot and in the garage.
NAPT calls for Heroism Award nominations
June 17, 2010
For a person to be considered as a recipient, he or she must be a pupil transportation professional who performed a life-saving act, or the action must directly affect a pupil transportation program. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.
Transportation department develops safety programs
June 17, 2010
Bus drivers will be able to reward students for participating in the "Meet Me at the Bus Stop" and "My Brother's Keeper" programs, both of which are designed to improve school bus safety. The developments come after an accident in which a kindergartner was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
BusConduct celebrates 10 years of bus safety
June 15, 2010
Since 2000, the Web-based application has been used to help discipline over 78,000 students nationwide, resulting in increased school bus safety and happier bus drivers, company officials say.
Michigan bill would increase illegal passing penalties
June 15, 2010
Introduced in the House this month, the bill would double fines for motorists who pass a stopped school bus. Drivers who cause an injury or death in a school bus zone would receive prison terms.
Apollo Video to outfit nearly 700 buses with surveillance system
June 14, 2010
The RoadRunner video surveillance system will be installed on the school buses, operated by First Student for Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools. The system integrates GPS capabilities, allowing for synchronization with the video. Each bus will also be equipped with cameras and audio recording abilities.
No mechanical issues in fatal bus crash
June 8, 2010
The school bus driver tells investigators that a car crossed the line and forced her off the road. One student died and others were injured in the Ohio crash last week.
Vermont becomes 27th state to ban texting while driving
June 3, 2010
The new law, effective June 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.
6-year-old dies in school bus crash
June 3, 2010
The bus drove off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over. One student was killed in the Ohio crash; the driver and six other passengers were injured.
U.S. DOT launches 'Click It or Ticket' campaign
June 1, 2010
Set to run from May 24 through June 6, the campaign will involve publicity efforts and more than 10,000 police agencies.
School district to increase bus service
May 27, 2010
At a time of widespread transportation cuts, ISD 196 in Minnesota came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday, and it will go into effect next year.
Online registration available for NAPT Summit
May 27, 2010
Industry members can register for the Portland, Ore., event on the association’s Website. The Summit will include a two-day trade show and variety of workshops on such topics as managing human resources and developing an effective maintenance plan. Professional Development Series courses will also be offered.
Large Bus Showcase 2010
May 27, 2010

Along with details on the latest Type C and D models, we spotlight three exemplary school bus dealerships. Read about their interesting histories, their commitment to the customer and their insights on the 2010 engine technology.

IMMI official honored for child injury prevention efforts
May 26, 2010
Charlie Vits receives the Child Safety Advocate Award from Safe Kids Indiana and the Automotive Safety Program for his role in developing IMMI’s SmartFrame technology for school bus seating and educating industry professionals about the value of restraint systems on buses.
Trucker gets 3 years in fatal bus crash
May 25, 2010
The tractor-trailer driver was allegedly using his cell phone before ramming into a stopped school bus in Florida in 2008. The fiery collision took the life of a 13-year-old student and injured several others.
Detroit student who stuck head out of bus window dies
May 24, 2010
The fifth-grade girl had just boarded the bus after school was dismissed. As the bus pulled away, her head hit a tree branch.
Cop accused of stop-arm running won’t be charged
May 20, 2010
A school bus driver and another witness say they saw the police car — without its lights or siren on — drive by the bus while it was unloading a student. But the district attorney says an investigation found “reasonable doubt” that a violation had occurred.

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