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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.

Industry urges motorists to stop for school buses
October 16, 2009
This year’s National School Bus Safety Week, which kicks off on Monday, stresses the message “Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.” ...
Zonar bolsters Washington state school bus inspections
October 13, 2009
Inspections are now done electronically and stored in a database, allowing the Washington State Patrol and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to query the data and develop targeted training programs in response to maintenance problems....
School bus driver lauded for heroic actions
October 12, 2009
When a tree branch fell on his bus’ windshield, Nick Frost held the windshield up with one hand and steered his bus to the side of the road with his other hand. No one was seriously injured during the incident. ...
Transportation fatalities fell in 2008
October 9, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation deaths in the U.S. decreased by almost 10 percent in 2008 compared to ’07, according to preliminary figures release...
Thomas Built Buses names essay contest winners
October 5, 2009
HIGH POINT, N.C. — More than 1,000 entries were received for the fourth annual Thomas Built Buses Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year nat...
Feds aim to crack down on texting bus drivers
October 5, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A forthcoming federal rulemaking will seek to disqualify school bus drivers convicted of texting while driving from maintaining th...
NCST gears up for 2010
October 1, 2009

As the date of the 15th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) draws closer, state representatives for the event are being appointed.

Brake safety devices urged for buses
October 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — School buses and other heavy vehicles should be equipped with technology to prevent unintended acceleration, the National Transport...

A mistake that can be fatal
October 1, 2009

The tragedy took place just blocks from our home. An 86-year-old man in a Buick Le Sabre struck a stopped car, continued through an intersection a...

Bus rider program cuts referrals by more than half
September 29, 2009
MARIETTA, Ga. — With the goal of increasing school bus safety, Cobb County School District has implemented an innovative program for student management.
Distracted drivers a factor in vehicle-train crashes
September 28, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal statistics show that inattentive drivers contribute to approximately 3 percent of all vehicle-train crashes at highway-rail grade crossings.
Bus driver shows bravery in line of fire
September 17, 2009
When an SUV pulled in front of her school bus and a man pointed a gun at high schoolers she had just dropped off, Kendra Hankerson put herself in the line of fire.

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