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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.
Big jump in danger zone fatalities
February 23, 2010
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. It’s a large increase from the previous year’s total, five fatalities.
ASBC urges support for school bus education campaign
February 19, 2010
The council calls on its members, industry officials and others to ask their congressperson to sign a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The letter outlines the benefits of utilizing school buses and asks LaHood to dedicate agency funding for a public awareness campaign that promotes school bus transportation.
Volunteers clear paths to schools, bus stops
February 16, 2010
After last week’s historic snowfalls in the mid-Atlantic region, community members grabbed their shovels and pitched in to help schools reopen this week. Many are delaying start times to increase student safety.
Bus driver saves woman from burning house
February 16, 2010
After seeing the house while on a morning route, Jeremy Moses secured his bus and then helped the woman through a window on the side of the house just as the roof started to collapse.
Veteran bus driver to retire
February 11, 2010
Nancie Klein, an 80-year-old school bus driver who has worked for an Illinois district since 1971, will hang up her keys this week. Klein began her career on a dare and has transported generations of students.
DOT proposes changes to drug and alcohol testing regulations
February 9, 2010
The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would align its regulated industry drug testing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ laboratory drug testing requirements. Proposed amendments include lowering cutoff levels for cocaine and amphetamines and conducting mandatory initial testing for heroin.
Study: Cell phone bans don’t cut crashes
February 9, 2010
A new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute finds no reduction in crashes after laws that ban hand-held phone use while driving go into effect. But the researchers point out that several studies have shown that phoning while driving increases crash risk.
NAPT Technology Showcase
February 9, 2010

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Louisville, Ky. New technologies included high-intensity LED warning lights and a browser-based fleet maintenance system.

Program offers memorable lesson on bus safety
February 3, 2010
Professional rodeo clown Marvin Nash and his wife, Darlene, developed the Take Pride in Your Ride program, which promotes school bus safety and appreciation of the driver and fellow riders. Drivers are educated on the content and then teach it to students.

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