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Alabama cracks down on school bus trespassing
June 3, 2013
Trespassing on or interfering with a school bus in Alabama could result in jail time under the newly passed Charles "Chuck" Poland Jr. Act, named after the Midland City driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers from an intruder in January.
Alabama students honored for actions during bus hijacking
March 19, 2013
Dr. Thomas Bice, Alabama’s superintendent of schools, presents proclamations to each of the students who were on their school bus when it was hijacked by gunman Jimmy Lee Dykes, who allegedly shot driver Charles Poland and then abducted one student. Bice says the students displayed safety skills that Poland taught them, and he recounts how the students loved Poland.
Alabama event honors school bus drivers, including Charles Poland
February 27, 2013
At a celebration held at Transportation South, Harry Leach of Trussville City Schools is named Alabama's Love the Bus driver of the year. A moment of silence is observed for Charles Poland, the driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers in Midland City.
More details on Alabama bus driver’s heroic response
February 12, 2013
The confrontation between an armed intruder and school bus driver Charles Poland lasted more than four minutes, with Poland standing in the aisle to block the gunman from his students and refusing to move, according to a report from CNN. Meanwhile, students in the back of the bus opened the rear emergency exit so they could escape.
Road by hostage site expected to be named for Charles Poland
February 7, 2013
Under a resolution passed by the Alabama Legislature, a half-mile stretch of U.S. 231 in Dale County would be designated the "Charles 'Chuck' Albert Poland, Jr., Memorial Highway," after the school bus driver who was fatally shot in the line of duty.
Florida district takes part in Alabama bus driver’s funeral
February 6, 2013
Nearly 30 school bus drivers and the director of transportation from Florida’s Escambia County School District drove to Ozark, Ala., on Sunday to attend the funeral of fellow driver Charles Poland, who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Here is an account of their moving experience.
UPDATE: Boy held in bunker rescued, abductor dead
February 4, 2013
Ending a nearly weeklong standoff with a man accused of killing a school bus driver and abducting a 5-year-old passenger in Alabama, FBI agents enter the man's bunker and rescue the boy. Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, is killed during the operation.
Blue Bird welcomes Ala. dealer to network
February 4, 2013
Busworx Blue Bird has six factory-authorized locations throughout the state that will offer school bus and parts sales, along with service for customers. Officials say Yancey Bus Sales transferred its Alabama territory to Busworx Blue Bird to fully focus on growing its market share in Georgia.
Letter: Reactions to the school bus shooting, abduction
February 1, 2013
After the Jan. 29 incident in Alabama in which a man boarded a school bus, fatally shot the driver and took a 5-year-old student hostage, a director of transportation in Arizona wrote this letter to his staff to address any concerns about their safety.
Alabama’s Transportation South to host ‘Love the Bus’ celebration
January 30, 2013
A celebration on Valentine’s Day at the school bus dealership will honor the state’s best school bus drivers, as voted by students, parents and teachers. Alabama state pupil transportation director Joe Lightsey will speak, and more than 150 school and community leaders from throughout the region are expected to attend.
School bus driver killed, student taken hostage
January 30, 2013
An Alabama man identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly boarded a school bus on Tuesday and demanded two children. When school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. refused, he was fatally shot. The suspect then took a 5-year-old kindergartner and retreated to a bunker on his property, where they remained as of Thursday.
Bill would establish school bus trespassing as first-degree crime
January 15, 2013
Under the legislation pre-filed in the Alabama Legislature, a person has committed trespassing if he or she is found guilty of willfully demolishing, destroying, defacing, injuring, burning or damaging a school bus, or has entered the bus while not authorized to do so. The crime would be a Class B misdemeanor.
Ala. bus drivers required to complete physical exam
June 20, 2012
Under legislation signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, drivers must successfully complete the exam by a licensed physician, at their own expense, by Aug. 14 in order to operate a school bus. Drivers may be “grandfathered” for any condition if the doctor states that it will not adversely affect their ability to control and safely operate a school bus.
Ala. bill would restrict school bus driver cell phone use
March 21, 2012
Under the legislation, bus drivers would only be permitted to use their phones to call in medical concerns, or if the bus is parked or secure on the side of the road.
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