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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.
Founder of anti-violence organization passes away
November 11, 2009
Cynthia Johnson started Drivers, Attendants, Parents, Students and Schools Against Violence with the aim to end violence in Illinois communities. She was a school bus driver for an Illinois contractor.
NTSB cites need for tire pressure monitors
November 6, 2009
After investigating a fatal motorcoach crash in which a steer-axle tire failed, the safety agency recommends that NHTSA require all new motor vehicles over 10,000 pounds — which would include large school buses — to be equipped with the monitoring systems.
Senate confirms nomination of FMCSA administrator
November 6, 2009
Anne Ferro was the motor vehicle administrator in Maryland from 1997 to 2003, where she led the agency’s efforts to implement a graduated licensing program for new drivers as well as a model for older driver research. She is currently president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association.
DATTCO donates school bus for emergency drill
October 30, 2009
The full-scale exercise simulating an accident involving a school bus tested regional emergency response with personnel from seven area towns participating.
Unmarked school bus attempts to pick up children at bus stop
October 30, 2009
Hudson School District superintendent releases suspicious person alert, describing the driver and vehicle. The alert also urges parents to talk to children about safety practices.
Students wear LED lights for morning pick-up
October 29, 2009
A Texas school district has distributed flashing LEDs to its elementary-age students and asked them to wear the lights in the morning while they wait for their buses to make them more visible to drivers. The move is part of the district's "Be Seen, Be Safe" campaign.
Kids tell it like they see it in school bus safety
October 28, 2009
The North Collins Elementary School transportation department asked children when they feel safe on the school bus and posted their responses in the school hallway....
Bus stop ID program targets student safety
October 26, 2009
Innovative program features wristbands that match students to the right bus. Wristbands list student's name, grade, school, route and stop number.
New York program catches multiple illegal passes
October 23, 2009
State association reports that three school buses equipped with cameras recorded 46 occurrences of illegal passing in three school districts over a span of 40 school days....
TCI to administer U.S. Bus recalls
October 22, 2009
Transportation Collaborative Inc. feels it is in the industry's best interests to take responsibility for the company's recalls. NHTSA has released TCI from liability in connection with U.S. Bus' violations of the vehicle safety act and the agency's regulations....
Approaches to Protect Students in Loading Zones
October 21, 2009

Recent student fatalities highlight the importance of maximizing safety in and around this area at schools. Pupil transportation industry professionals offer many effective ways to do so, from separating groups of traffic to implementing detailed policies for bus drivers to providing training for students. Communicating with school staff and parents is essential.

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