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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.
NAPT unveils revamped Website
May 20, 2010
The new Website features easy access to the association’s communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects, as well as enhanced registration tools for the NAPT Summit.
School bus catches fire on California freeway
May 20, 2010
Motorists help evacuate students as the bus becomes engulfed in flames. Two children suffer from smoke inhalation, but no one is seriously injured. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the fire.
Seat belt bill eyed in Ohio
May 18, 2010
Beginning in 2014, new school buses would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. Operators would not be held liable if passengers don’t buckle up.
Driver with heart attack stops bus before busy intersection
May 14, 2010
A school bus driver was able to steer his bus into a concrete retaining wall, stopping the vehicle while he began to have a heart attack. The driver reportedly told his passengers to brace themselves before the crash.
NYAPT pushes for harsher illegal-passing penalties
May 11, 2010
The pupil transportation group is advocating the passage of a package of legislation that would create a crime of vehicular homicide when an individual kills a child under the age of 15 while passing a stopped school bus, assist in educating motorists on the dangers of such incidents and establish a means to assist in prosecuting violators.
NavStar to bring safety technology offering to school bus market
May 11, 2010
NavStar has engaged Westar Capital II LLC to assist in providing equipment, software and related services to the school bus segment that are able to spot and record any potential threats both inside and outside of the vehicle.
Drawn to a career in pupil transportation
May 10, 2010
Shane Kirley, who has been interested in school buses since he was in grade school, got a taste of working in the industry last summer when he interned at a New York school district's transportation department. He hopes to work in school bus sales and ultimately earn a certificate to become a transportation supervisor.
Obama administration official to discuss bullying
May 6, 2010
In a free Web seminar, Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education will speak to pupil transportation professionals on eliminating bullying and harassment to ensure that students can stay focused on learning.
Proposed changes to NCST manual posted
May 6, 2010
Suggested revisions to the 2005 National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures manual are now available online. Delegates will deliberate and adopt updates at the 15th NCST this month in Warrensburg, Mo.
Enhancing Fire and Smoke Protection
May 4, 2010

If a bus catches fire, it can spread quickly. Ohio-based SAS Rubber Co. offers door edges, window and escape-hatch gaskets, and other parts that meet stringent flame and smoke specifications for transit vehicles.

Safety hotline keeps bus drivers in check
April 27, 2010
When a North Carolina student noticed that her school bus driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt, she knew whom to call. The reason? An innovative pilot program has stickers inside buses with a phone number for reporting violations.
Emergency Response Tips for School Bus Drivers
April 27, 2010

Drivers can help fire and medical services personnel and enhance the safety of their passengers during accidents or other serious incidents by being certified in CPR and first aid. Knowing when a bus evacuation is necessary and establishing a system for identifying the students on the bus are also important.

California Highway Patrol honors school bus drivers
April 26, 2010
The agency thanks drivers for their commitment to safely transporting children to and from school to commemorate “School Bus Driver Day" on Tuesday. Those who benefit from bus drivers’ services are also encouraged to express their gratitude.
Over 1,000 districts get free danger zone program
April 23, 2010
To bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations teamed up to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide. The offer still stands.
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.

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