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New NASDPTS paper details support for lap-shoulder belts
February 12, 2014
The new position paper elaborates on the state directors association’s recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation and use in school buses. NASDPTS lays out 10 supporting points for its position, including the limits of compartmentalization and the ability of current lap-shoulder belt systems to maintain bus capacity.
Ice, snow cited as factors in 2 school bus crashes
February 10, 2014
Police say that no children were injured in the separate incidents, which both happened on Friday in southern Indiana. In one crash, a minivan hit a patch of ice and slid into a school bus. In the other, a bus slid off a roadway and into a ditch.
Suspect arrested in hit-and-run near bus stop
February 6, 2014
A 6-year-old boy and his older sister were crossing a street to get to their school bus stop when a motorist struck both of them and fled the scene. The boy died at the hospital. Police identified the driver of the vehicle and arrested him several hours after the incident.
Seon donates $25K to anti-bullying campaigns
February 5, 2014
The supplier is giving $5,000 of the proceeds from school bus camera system sales to “The Bully Project,” a social action campaign that aims to stop bullying. The remaining $20,000 will be distributed to school districts across North America that apply and are chosen for the Seon Anti-bullying Education Grant.
Cameras and enforcement can reduce stop-arm violations
February 5, 2014
Web Exclusive: In this editorial, David Poag, who created the Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement campaign, says many would-be stop-arm violators will think again before passing a stopped school bus if they are educated about the use of stop-arm cameras and their role in enforcing stop-arm laws. He draws parallels between these violations and the effectiveness of efforts to enforce seat belt laws in personal vehicles and reduce drunken driving.
NYAPT works to bolster school bus security
January 31, 2014
On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Alabama school bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and announced steps it is taking to increase school bus security. For example, the association is supporting legislation that would make it a crime of criminal trespass to board a school bus without permission.
Teen helps bus driver who collapses at the wheel
January 31, 2014
Jesse Hermanson and an aide are on the bus when driver Lee Plante loses consciousness while making a U-turn, sending the bus through a brick wall and into a backyard. The teen says he saw Plante halfway out the bus doors, and his thought was to “call 911 and release the emergency switch because the doors kept pinching him.”
Georgia district combats illegal bus passing
January 28, 2014
Clarke County School District partners with American Traffic Solutions to equip its buses with the company’s CrossingGuard system, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
School bus thefts reported in 3 states
January 27, 2014
Investigations are underway and an arrest was made in unrelated school bus thefts in Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana in recent weeks. In at least two of the incidents, the keys were reportedly in the ignition when the buses were stolen.
District's stop-arm camera pilot finds few violations
January 24, 2014
Last fall, Simsbury (Conn.) Public Schools launched a stop-arm camera pilot program that district officials say returned "some very surprising results." The findings: With 3,100 school bus stops, there were only two potential violations.
Former mechanic creates bus safety lighting system
January 23, 2014
Steve Gardner invented the Gardian Angel, a system for use on school buses that creates a path of light for students to walk in after the bus driver stops and opens the door. His invention was prompted by news of an accident in which a girl was crossing the street to board her bus and was struck and killed.
Nebraska woman fined for threatening bus driver
January 22, 2014
On Dec. 11, Victoria Gerold boarded the school bus and yelled at and threatened the driver, whom she said curses at the students who ride his bus, including her two sons. She pleads guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct and is charged $515 in fines, court costs and surcharges for the two misdemeanors.
Troopers: Man purposely rams bus, attempts to board
January 22, 2014
Jonathan Modesitt is arrested following last week’s incident, in which Oregon State Police troopers say he dropped his pants after hitting the bus and tried to get on board with a gun. He faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Students to be transported on buses with seat belts after accident
January 17, 2014
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, the buses used at Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., will be equipped with three-point seat belts, and a monitor will be on board to make sure that the students are strapped in. Officials make the decision after 22 students were injured last year when their bus tipped onto its side en route to a camp.
Report: School bus driver faulted in fatal Idaho crash
January 16, 2014
In last month's school bus crash near Kuna, Idaho, investigators reportedly believe that the bus driver stopped at a stop sign and then pulled into the path of an approaching dump truck. One student was killed and four others were injured in the collision at a rural intersection.
Seon makes ‘school bus safety predictions’ for 2014
January 15, 2014
In a new post on the video surveillance provider’s blog, Seon Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses the company’s outlook on such pertinent issues as school bus routing and tracking software, surveillance technology and bullying.
Student who took over bus from drunk driver up for award
January 13, 2014
The Ontario Provincial Police nominates Brianne St. Onge for a citizen’s award for ordering her school bus driver, who appeared to be drunk, to pull over and hand her the keys while she called police from her cell phone last June. Driver Keith Rawson’s Breathalyzer test showed he had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
Positive experiences with seat belts
January 13, 2014

In the debate on whether seat belts are a good fit for large school buses, it seems that the best insight comes from those who actually have experience with the restraints in their fleet. SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon hit the road in November to visit Buellton USD and another district in Santa Barbara County, Goleta USD. Both had interesting perspectives to share about their fleets and the environments in which they operate.

Boy fatally struck by truck while trying to get to bus
January 9, 2014
Six-year-old Zion Toland was trying to cross Highway 178 in Orangeburg, S.C., on Wednesday morning to board his school bus when he was fatally hit by the pickup truck. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that the bus was making a U-turn and did not have its lights activated or stop arm extended.
City council approves $300 stop-arm running fine
January 8, 2014
The San Marcos (Texas) City Council has approved a $300 civil penalty for illegally passing a school bus following a 15-week study conducted by BusGuard, a company that provides stop-arm cameras for school buses, that shed light on the severity of the problem.

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