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Men sentenced for incident involving bus shooting
April 20, 2010
Two New Jersey brothers each get more than 20 years in prison for carjacking a vehicle and shooting at two people. Shots aimed at the vehicle of a witness hit a school bus, but none of the students on board was injured.
District, police respond to rise in bus passing
April 16, 2010
A Florida school district, noting a recent increase in stop-arm running, teams up with the local police department to target key areas in a week-long crackdown. The county’s fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus is $268.
New York gears up for Operation Safe Stop day
April 13, 2010
On Thursday, police officers statewide will ride on bus routes and issue tickets to drivers who illegally pass school buses. Regional and state pupil transportation associations have partnered to mark the day by holding a press conference to educate drivers about the importance of stopping for buses.
3 Steps to Weapons Incident Prevention
April 9, 2010

Keeping weapons off of a school bus or defusing the situation if they are brought on board requires ensuring that drivers are in tune with the students they transport, offering a comprehensive training program, and establishing specific policies and procedures for drivers to follow.

Suspect caught in bus stop robbery
April 6, 2010
An 18-year-old is charged in the Friday incident, in which four Virginia students were held up at gunpoint while waiting for their school bus. No one was injured in the robbery, but the culprit made off with a gold chain.
NASDPTS: Parade article on school buses ‘may mislead parents’
March 30, 2010
The state directors association cites numerous concerns with the magazine’s brief article. One is the title: “Are School Buses Unsafe?” The piece also failed to distinguish between lap belts and lap-shoulder belts.
Verbal Indicators of Violence
March 26, 2010

An increase in pitch while speaking, repetition and inappropriate humor are several signs of impending dangerous behavior. Stepping in when they are heard can help to prevent students from harming others.

Funding will help New Mexico maintain bus routes
March 25, 2010
The state will receive $561,000 from the Indian School Bus Route program to improve roads that serve as school bus routes in this part of the Navajo Nation. The program expired last year, but a U.S. senator drafted legislation that would renew it and provide $12 million for counties in Navajo Nation over the next six years.
Deer flies through school bus windshield
March 25, 2010
The animal is struck by the bus and ends up on board. Two students are taken to the hospital with minor injuries in the bizarre accident.
Free training set offered after spike in danger zone deaths
March 23, 2010
To bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations team up to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide.
Experts to discuss seat belts for school buses
March 19, 2010
During DATTCO's expo in April, industry officials and others will focus on an overview of safety data, seat belt options, usage statistics, compliance and enforcement issues, costs and trends in legislation.
Emergency response expert offers school bus in-service
March 18, 2010
In the two-hour presentation, attendees learn what can be done prior to an emergency, what to expect from emergency responders, and what they can do to help emergency responders and start preparing for the "never-happen-to-us" emergency.
Bus driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide
March 16, 2010
District attorney says Pennsylvania school bus driver was driving “in an extremely reckless manner” when his bus struck a car, killing the passenger. The driver was also reportedly responsible for a non-bus related fatal crash in 1999. Watch footage from the February incident here.
Traffic fatalities hit record low in ’09
March 12, 2010
According to early projections from the U.S. DOT, last year's fatality rate, which takes into account the number of miles traveled, reached the lowest level ever recorded. Still, officials say more must be done to reduce distracted and impaired driving.
District uses cameras to combat illegal bus passing
March 10, 2010
An Arkansas school district has equipped buses with a 247Security system that includes an exterior camera to catch drivers who illegally pass.
Intelligence expert tabbed as TSA chief
March 9, 2010
Robert Harding, a former Army intelligence official, will head the Transportation Security Administration if confirmed by the Senate. In other news, the agency’s long-awaited school bus security assessment has reportedly been sent to Congress.
U.K. schools try on-board entertainment to combat bullying
March 5, 2010
The Denbighshire County Council in North Wales hopes to combat bullying and reduce noise and distractions for the bus driver.
District considers piloting new GPS, student tracking technology
March 5, 2010
Along with tracking equipment, a system by Volpe Industries Inc. includes cameras and a mini computer. A Massachusetts district may test the system, which has the ability to monitor buses, provide a view of the interior of buses, record all activity on board, track students with facial recognition and provide profile information for bus drivers.
Safety and the economy
March 2, 2010

Compromising safety because of cost is a shortsighted decision. It is important to remember that the value of a human life does not change in a recession.

Teacher, bus drivers subdue shooting suspect
February 26, 2010
Two Colorado students are expected to recover after being shot in front of their middle school on Tuesday. The alleged gunman, who now faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder, was disarmed by a math teacher and restrained with help from school bus drivers until police arrived.

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