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December 20, 2011  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Petition seeks funding for bus driver distraction study


A new petition urges the Obama administration to fund a proposed study to investigate school bus driver distraction. 

The study would be conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety, and it would cost approximately $900,000. The purpose of the study would be to collect naturalistic, real-time data of school bus drivers performing their normal driving tasks during bus routes.

The data would be analyzed to determine distraction sources experienced by the bus drivers and their association with the occurrence of safety-critical events (i.e., crashes, near-crashes and crash-relevant conflicts).

The research team would reportedly work closely with public and private school transportation providers to outfit numerous school buses with data-collection systems that would capture video, sound and vehicle kinematic data for further analysis.

To read more about the proposed study, click here.

To read and sign the petition, go here. The goal is to obtain 25,000 signatures by Jan. 15.

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C'mon everyone!!!! ONLY 8 signatures as of Jan. 1st! We need 24,992 more!!!! Thanks for those who have already signed it...but please we all REALLY need to jump in on this one! 14 days left...and I know it was during the holidays, but if you care about the safety of your kids (and of you mental health, and your own safe driving ***** SIGN THIS PETITION ***** to get the study going! GayLynn I LOVE YOUR SUGGESTION OF HAVING AN AID/MONITOR. The kids act differently when they know they're being watched! Happy New Year, bus-robot

bus-robot    |    Jan 01, 2012 08:51 PM

James Kraemer This issue is a health and safety can of worms for the industry, if ever revealed through a scientific study. Too many seem to be counting on their ignorance to cover the damage high noise levels can cause to the riders and to the workers.

jkraemer    |    Dec 29, 2011 08:56 AM

I think eventually, not sure how long, that all buses will have a driver to focus only on driving and an aid/monitor to focus on students behavior and safety.

GayLynn    |    Dec 28, 2011 09:01 AM

This is a much needed study. I hope everyone who is aware of this will click the petition page.

Stephen    |    Dec 20, 2011 10:45 PM

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