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Victims' families form distracted driving organization
January 14, 2010
FocusDriven, a direct outgrowth of September’s Distracted Driving Summit, is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and aims to provide support for victims of accidents and their families.
High school students serve as bus monitors
January 12, 2010
In a pilot program designed by a D.A.R.E. police officer, juniors and seniors will ride the school bus with elementary school students to improve safety and reduce bullying incidents.
Top 10 Most Viewed Stories in 2009
January 11, 2010

Top viewed stories included  "Approaches to Protect Students in Loading Zones," "Restructuring Transportation for Tight Budgets," and "Strategies for Discipline Problems on the School Bus."

ASBC to present Web seminar on Love the Bus
January 8, 2010
SBF-hosted event on Jan. 13 will provide attendees with tips on how to hold engaging Love the Bus activities, how to receive media attention and ways that the American School Bus Council can support their efforts.
Report looks at lap belts in bus crash
January 5, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board says the severity of injuries in a 2008 school bus rollover was mitigated by lap belts. The bus rolled at least twice, and the body separated from the chassis.
NHTSA proposes changes to safety standard for buses
December 30, 2009
The agency issues a proposal to amend FMVSS No. 217 to specify that the exterior handle for school bus rear emergency exit doors may be located opposite the door hinges, and to clarify the standard in regard to the number of force applications that are required to open a window or roof emergency exit.
Film on Prestonsburg bus crash to premiere
December 30, 2009
Documentary includes an interview with a survivor of the 1958 accident, which claimed 27 lives when a school bus plunged into the Big Sandy River.
NCST Writing Committee drafts available for comments
December 28, 2009
Writing Committee drafts for the 15th National Congress on School Transportation have been posted on the NCST Website. The deadline to submit comments, requests for additional changes or modifications, or new proposals is Feb.19.
Alabama state director discusses Huntsville crash report
December 15, 2009
Joe Lightsey says the accident emphasized the need for close monitoring and strong penalties to ensure that school bus drivers buckle up.
Police charge driver for rear-ending bus
December 15, 2009
A Massachusetts man is cited by state police for following too closely after his tractor-trailer struck the back of a school bus on a highway.
Child hit by car at bus stop, pedal misapplication cited
December 11, 2009
Police said that the 82-year-old driver of the car that passed the school bus accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake as she approached. The kindergartner later died at the hospital.
Driver keeps kids safe at shooting scene
December 4, 2009
Dave Emerson tells SBF that his extensive training kicked in as he arrived at a bus stop where two girls’ mother had been shot. The board of his Indiana school district honored him last week for his decisive response to the tragedy.
Report shows dominant safety record of school buses
December 1, 2009
Sixty-one times more children were killed in passenger vehicles than in school buses during school transportation hours in 2007-08, according to NHTSA data compiled by the California Association of School Transportation Officials.
EXCLUSIVE: Industry officials respond to Huntsville crash report
November 25, 2009
Mike Martin of NAPT and Charlie Hood of NASDPTS discuss the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings on driver seat belt use and its call for event data recorders on buses.
Los Angeles district awards GPS contract to Everyday Solutions
November 24, 2009
The transportation solutions technology provider will equip Los Angeles Unified School District vehicles with GPS applications under a three-year deal. Company officials report that benefits to using the system include improvements to student safety and access to information, as well as reduced maintenance costs.
NTSB: Bus driver in Huntsville crash was unbelted
November 19, 2009
The National Transportation Safety Board’s long-awaited report on the fatal 2006 crash confirms that the school bus driver was not wearing his seat belt, which allowed him to be thrown from the bus before it plunged 30 feet off of a highway ramp.
School bus driver charged with felony neglect in student violence case
November 19, 2009
Students allegedly tormented classmates on the bus for most of the school year; they will be tried on charges of sexual battery, strangulation and intimidation early next year.
Rulemaking to require seat belts on motorcoaches coming
November 17, 2009
U.S. DOT unveils action plan to address motorcoach safety issues. Another rulemaking will seek to ban texting and limit the use of cell phones by motorcoach drivers.
Shooting on board Philly school bus possibly result of bullying
November 13, 2009
A 15-year-old student with a .25-caliber handgun may have been retaliating for an earlier incident of bullying, law enforcement sources said. The 17-year-old victim suffered a head wound and was in critical but stable condition last week.
NHTSA: Not buckling up in bus unlikely to carry over
November 11, 2009
Report says there is little chance of children assuming that if they don’t have to wear a seat belt in a school bus, they don’t have to wear one in a personal vehicle.

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