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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.

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.

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