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NAPT News & Views — Honoring one of our own heroes
March 25, 2014

Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr. was a school bus driver. Not just any school bus driver, but the one who put his life on the line to protect his passengers when a deranged and armed man commandeered his bus last year. A little more than a year after he was slain on the job, we should all continue to honor his memory, his dedication to the children entrusted to him, and his exceptional heroism.

Report: Nearly half of students have seen bullying on the bus
March 21, 2014
According to Awareity’s new Student Safety Report, 44% of students surveyed said that they have witnessed or experienced bullying on the school bus. The report sheds light on bullying and other student safety risks.
2 webinars to discuss driver safety
March 20, 2014
The free, Zonar-sponsored events next week will examine the topics of school bus driver distraction and crash risks for commercial fleets. Nikki Hughes, director of school transportation services at California’s San Juan Unified School District, will be the featured speaker in the distraction webinar.
First Observer security training to come back online
March 20, 2014
After more than a year on hiatus, the government program is set to come back online soon to resume the training of transportation professionals in security awareness. Bill Arrington and Steve Sprague of the Transportation Security Administration discuss the ongoing efforts to launch First Observer 2.0.
Bus driver charged following alleged road rage
March 20, 2014
Linda Barreto was pulled over while transporting students after 911 callers reported a bus cutting them off in a reckless manner and also hitting the brakes. She was arrested and charged with child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.
NHTSA: 0.35% of fatal crashes were school transportation related
March 17, 2014
The latest federal data show that of the 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes from 2003 to 2012, 1,222 were classified as related to school transportation. A large majority (71%) of those killed in school transportation-related crashes in that 10-year span were occupants of other vehicles.
Pickup truck loses control, kills school bus driver
March 14, 2014
In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., last week, the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. A Colorado State Patrol trooper tells SBF that a pickup truck attempted to slow down and lost control, crashing into the bus and fatally striking John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help.
Man illegally passes 4 school buses, sideswipes 3 cars
March 13, 2014
An employee at a Rhode Island school writes down Michael J. Lewis' license plate number and calls the police, who charge Lewis with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident, and cite him for passing four occupied school buses.
NTSB investigating crashes involving tire failure
March 12, 2014
In one of the crashes, an SUV’s tire tread separated, and the vehicle collided with a school bus carrying a high school baseball team. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating a crash of a church van in which the tire that failed was part of a product recall.
After 10 years at NTSB, Chairman Hersman to step down
March 11, 2014
Deborah Hersman, who has served on the National Transportation Safety Board since 2004, will leave in April to become president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, says that Hersman "has been and will surely continue to be a very effective advocate for continuous improvement in school transportation."
Law enforcement official named School Bus Champion
March 11, 2014
Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Ray Robinson, who is the head of the pupil transportation division of the Highway Patrol and also serves as Tennessee’s chief safety inspector for school buses, receives the American School Bus Council’s award. “To someone who works a lot with oil and grease, there is no bigger honor than to be recognized by your peers,” Robinson says upon accepting the award.
Bus driver charged with driving under suspension after accident
March 10, 2014
According to the Louisiana State Police, Janice Norris’ driver’s license had been suspended for non-payment of traffic tickets issued from out of state. She was arrested and transported to a detention center following the accident, in which she had backed her bus into another vehicle.
5 incidents that never should have happened
March 7, 2014

While each of these occurrences involved children being stranded on a school bus, there are unusual — and in some cases even shocking — details in the different stories that are worth reviewing.

Mother bringing child to bus passes illegally, gets citation
March 6, 2014
The Ohio mother passes the bus while it is stopped, with its lights flashing and stop sign activated, to pick up another child for school, and police cite the woman. The bus driver says that she had stopped at the child's home, but the child was not ready, so she continued on her route.
Man charged with DUI after crashing into school bus
March 5, 2014
Witnesses in Knoxville, Tenn., tell police that a Jeep rear-ended an SUV, then shot through the median and hit the driver’s side of a school bus that had around 45 students on board. The Jeep driver is accused of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.
Bus carrying special-needs students gets stuck in sinkhole
March 3, 2014
Eleven children and four adults are aboard the bus for more than one hour after the back wheel gets caught in a sinkhole. No one is injured in the incident, and the students are transferred to a second bus.
District changes procedures after 2 preschoolers left on buses
February 26, 2014
The Delaware district is investigating the separate incidents to determine why the district’s child-check procedures were not followed. New procedures have also been implemented to prevent future occurrences, including taking a roster of bus passengers that can be passed on to teachers for them to compare it against students who are in class.
Boy honored for efforts to improve safety at bus stop
February 26, 2014
Ten-year-old Sterling Vieau conducts a survey to tally how many vehicles did and did not stop at the intersection where his school bus stop is located, and he finds that 67% of the vehicles did not stop, despite posted signs. The San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department presents him with a certificate, and deputies also issue citations to motorists at the intersection.
School district to bring back busing as pilot program
February 24, 2014
After a 9-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking home in December, parents petitioned the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District to bring back school bus service. The school board decides to implement a pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school.
Anthony Foxx: School bus safety data are ‘remarkable’
February 24, 2014
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation attends Friday’s main Love the Bus event in High Point, N.C., and says school bus drivers are “unsung heroes.” In a follow-up blog post on Monday, he says that the data on school transportation indicate that the safest way for students to get to school is on a school bus with a “well-trained driver.” He adds that the data are “even more remarkable when you think about just how many students are riding the bus every day.”

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