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Study: School bus passenger seat belt use on the rise
July 13, 2010
The results of the University of Alabama's pilot project studying the implementation of seat belts on school buses will be released soon. Researchers say the number of students wearing the belts properly has risen during the last year.
Go tell it on the mountain
July 13, 2010

Yellow school buses are one of DOT’s best success stories. This accomplishment needs to be told not so much for those in our industry but for the elected officials and citizens of cities across the country that are being forced to make difficult budgetary decisions.

Driver reports school bus sprayed with pesticide
July 6, 2010
A school bus driver reports that her bus was sprayed with pesticide when she was driving past an orchard last week. Twelve students were on board, but no illnesses have been reported as a result of the spray.
Veteran school bus driver retires
July 6, 2010
Eleanor Jackson drove buses for two years in Rhode Island and then for two school districts in Maine for 39 years. She believes that the key to transporting students successfully is treating them with respect.
IMMI offers SafeGuard Summer Exchange program
July 1, 2010
Through the program, school districts can replace SafeGuard STAR restraints and other restraints manufactured in 2004 or earlier. After districts remove the manufacturing labels from the retired products, they will be sent a $15 coupon toward the purchase of new STAR restraints. The program runs until Sept. 30.
District pushes for increased traffic control near buses
June 29, 2010
To bolster student safety, Dallas County Schools officials have asked a city council committee to pass an ordinance for zones to be created around school buses that motorists could not cross while the buses’ stop arms are deployed.
Student struck by bus last week dies
June 24, 2010
Police in Pennsylvania said it appeared that the 6-year-old boy darted in front of the bus near his home. He had been hospitalized since the June 16 accident.
Que sera, sera?
June 24, 2010

It’s easy to get mired down in all the bad economic news these days. It’s everywhere and affects nearly everyone. As bad as it seems, there are actually choices for school bus professionals trying to deal with the new economic realities. Acknowledge that the “good ol’ days” have been replaced with a new reality requiring a more energized professional advocacy.

Share your safety tips
June 17, 2010
SBF wants your contributions for a forthcoming article on ways to enhance safety at school bus operations. We’ll cover a wide range of areas, including on the bus, during loading/unloading, in the bus lot and in the garage.
NAPT calls for Heroism Award nominations
June 17, 2010
For a person to be considered as a recipient, he or she must be a pupil transportation professional who performed a life-saving act, or the action must directly affect a pupil transportation program. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.
Transportation department develops safety programs
June 17, 2010
Bus drivers will be able to reward students for participating in the "Meet Me at the Bus Stop" and "My Brother's Keeper" programs, both of which are designed to improve school bus safety. The developments come after an accident in which a kindergartner was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
BusConduct celebrates 10 years of bus safety
June 15, 2010
Since 2000, the Web-based application has been used to help discipline over 78,000 students nationwide, resulting in increased school bus safety and happier bus drivers, company officials say.
Michigan bill would increase illegal passing penalties
June 15, 2010
Introduced in the House this month, the bill would double fines for motorists who pass a stopped school bus. Drivers who cause an injury or death in a school bus zone would receive prison terms.
Apollo Video to outfit nearly 700 buses with surveillance system
June 14, 2010
The RoadRunner video surveillance system will be installed on the school buses, operated by First Student for Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools. The system integrates GPS capabilities, allowing for synchronization with the video. Each bus will also be equipped with cameras and audio recording abilities.
No mechanical issues in fatal bus crash
June 8, 2010
The school bus driver tells investigators that a car crossed the line and forced her off the road. One student died and others were injured in the Ohio crash last week.
Vermont becomes 27th state to ban texting while driving
June 3, 2010
The new law, effective June 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.
6-year-old dies in school bus crash
June 3, 2010
The bus drove off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over. One student was killed in the Ohio crash; the driver and six other passengers were injured.
U.S. DOT launches 'Click It or Ticket' campaign
June 1, 2010
Set to run from May 24 through June 6, the campaign will involve publicity efforts and more than 10,000 police agencies.
School district to increase bus service
May 27, 2010
At a time of widespread transportation cuts, ISD 196 in Minnesota came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday, and it will go into effect next year.
Online registration available for NAPT Summit
May 27, 2010
Industry members can register for the Portland, Ore., event on the association’s Website. The Summit will include a two-day trade show and variety of workshops on such topics as managing human resources and developing an effective maintenance plan. Professional Development Series courses will also be offered.

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