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What we learned from the Columbia disaster
March 1, 2003

Yes, this is rocket science. I’m talking about the Feb. 1 crash of the Columbia space shuttle. The disaster resulted in the loss of seven lives and br...

Industry News
February 1, 2003

Dramatic rescue credited to a combination of training, instincts

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On Feb. 8, 2002, at around 7 a.m., a Mercedes sed...

North Carolina deploys 13 buses with lap/shoulder belt systems
February 1, 2003

RALEIGH, N.C. — A program that could shed some light on the practicality and effectiveness of lap/shoulder belt systems in large school buses is u...

Safe Technology, the Evolution of a Modern School Bus
February 1, 2003

School bus seats, frames, interiors, crash test dummies and roll over cages are all connected to computerized sensors, recording thousands of bytes of...

How to Drive Safely in Mountainous Terrain
February 1, 2003

Mountain driving. The term conjures images of a cruise through beautiful mountains and rich forests so rugged that only mountain men had set foot in t...

Ohio Department of Education, Pupil Transportation
January 1, 2003


Forming a Community Task Force
December 1, 2002
In Chattanooga, Tenn., the Hamilton County School District, First Student Inc., several independent contract drivers and local authorities have joined...
Asthma and Allergy Concerns
December 1, 2002
Many schoolchildren with asthma or allergies depend on prescribed medications. In the case of a severe attack, it can be critical that these students ...
Feds Push for Greater School Travel Safety
December 1, 2002
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched “Moving Kids Safely,” a campaign that addresses safety concerns associated with u...
Odd Stepwell Cited in Workers’ Comp Case
December 1, 2002


2002 in Review: The Top 10 News Stories
December 1, 2002

As we near the end of 2002, SBF recaps 10 major news events (in no particular order) that affected the pupil transportation industry this year. Multip...

NASDPTS: State Directors Grapple With Tough National Issues
December 1, 2002

High-profile issues such as school bus occupant protection, school travel research and diesel emissions programs were hot topics at the 2002 conferenc...

Occupant Safety Debate Heats Up at 2002 NAPT Show
December 1, 2002

Although the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show convened once again with a focus on several ...

Intermediate School Bus Safety
November 1, 2002
At the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual conference in Greensboro, N.C., Michael Dallessandro, transportation supervisor at Lake ...
Antilock Brake System Safety Quiz
November 1, 2002
Questions for school bus drivers on safe use of antilock braking systems (ABS). The first five are true/false. 1) ABS allow drivers to steer a vehi...
Fatigued drivers are unsafe at any speed
November 1, 2002

Concerns are rising about how to reduce the dangers of sleepy drivers. People who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which the sufferer wakes up ...

Avoid Vehicle Fires Caused by Static
November 1, 2002
Fall and winter bring cool, dry air to most parts of the country and with them, ideal conditions for the buildup of static electricity. Unfortunately,...
Tips for Safe Wheelchair Lift Use
November 1, 2002
1. A level loading area must be determined before the lift is lowered. Curbs and other obstacles must be avoided. 2. Parking brake must be set....
Don't let predators be the only ones watching our kids
November 1, 2002

For the late Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis, the location of the school bus stop on Beavercreek Road in Oregon City, Ore., horrifically demonstrates w...

Falling soda cans and other dangerous distractions
November 1, 2002

Let's not kid ourselves. Every now and then we do incredibly stupid things behind the wheel of our personal vehicles. On more than one occasion, I've ...

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