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Iowa testing student detection systems for school buses
April 1, 2013
A system from Rostra Precision Controls Inc. and a system from National Patent Analytical Systems Inc. are undergoing evaluation for potential installation on school buses in the state to help prevent danger zone injuries and fatalities. The installation of such a system is a goal of the Smile BIG Foundation, which was founded in honor of Justin Bradfield. Bradfield was killed in a 2011 danger zone accident.
New student training from School Bus Safety Co.
January 28, 2013
The company's three new educational courses teach children how to be safe in and around their school buses. They are age-specific for three groups: pre-K to grade 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and above.
Toddler struck, killed by school bus in Texas
January 23, 2013
The 15-month-old girl gets out of the front yard of her home and runs in front of the bus. The driver reportedly does not see the girl, and the bus knocks her down — then she is run over by the back wheels of the bus.
Full danger zone report now available
January 23, 2013
As previously reported, the Kansas State Department of Education's latest national survey found that nine children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. in the 2011-12 school year. A PDF of the full report can now be downloaded from the department’s website.
The case for crossing arms
January 10, 2013

Many actions have resulted in reducing the overall average danger zone fatalities from 29 to 12, but by far the greatest reduction is in front of the bus — a 73% reduction compared to 47% in the other positions. Jeff Cassell, president of the School Bus Safety Co., says he believes the answer is crossing arms.

6 of 9 danger zone deaths were by other vehicle
December 5, 2012
The total of nine school bus loading/unloading fatalities in the 2010-11 school year was an increase of one from the previous year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education's forthcoming national report. Another noteworthy finding of the 2011-12 report is that all of the children killed were at least 10 years old.
Iowa DOT unveils school bus safety page on website
October 25, 2012
The page includes information on the danger zone around a school bus, the state law and penalties for illegally passing a stopped bus, driver training resources and more.
Longtime Kan. state director Larry Bluthardt retires
September 25, 2012
Bluthardt steps down from his post after 24 years as state pupil transportation director for Kansas. He tells SBF that health issues were a key factor in his decision, but he also was frustrated by some developments that he said he feels aren't in the best interests of the state's school bus riders.
Crossing arms mandated on new school buses in Minn.
July 12, 2012
All Minnesota school buses built after Jan. 1 of next year will have to be equipped with crossing arms, which deter kids from crossing too close to the front of the bus. State pupil transportation director Lt. Brian Reu discusses the bill that was passed and how it will impact school bus operations.
Danger zone deaths drop to 8
December 5, 2011
The number of children killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. falls to the lowest level since the 2007-08 school year. According to the latest data, for 2010-11, four of the students were struck by their own bus, and four were struck by a passing vehicle.
C.E. White Co. offers danger zone safety product
October 25, 2011
The MDZ (Minimize Danger Zone) Shield is a BASF polyurethane guard that acts as a safeguard in front of the rear dual wheels of a school bus. It is designed to deflect a child out of the path of the bus. The device has been installed on an Ohio school district’s buses for evaluation as part of a pilot program.
Survey confirms 'alarming' number of illegal passes
July 11, 2011
The first national survey of stop-arm running finds that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says that the association, which conducted the survey, hopes that the results will "trigger more safety countermeasures within states and at the national level."
Bill would require crossing arms on buses
April 14, 2011
The Minnesota legislation seeks to mandate the devices on new school buses starting next year. State pupil transportation associations share their stances with SBF.
Survey delves into stop-arm violations
April 12, 2011
Industry veteran Dr. Ray Turner asks for input from transportation directors and supervisors on the problem of motorists passing stopped school buses. Results of the survey will be shared with participants and used to develop a bus driver training program.
School bus safety bill signed into law
April 5, 2011
Mississippi legislators and the governor pass Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. It is named for a 5-year-old who was killed in a bus-passing incident.
Enhancing vision in the danger zone
March 11, 2011
As a school bus driver, Gloria Buley sought a way to enhance the safety of children outside of the bus. What she came up with is a device that serves as an additional mirror and a stop arm. She explains the invention in an interview with SBF.
State directors to tally bus passing
February 28, 2011
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses — an ongoing problem that results in multiple student fatalities each year.
Device designed to eliminate bus rear wheel danger zone gap
January 28, 2011
Public Transportation Safety International Corp. has developed the Minimize Danger Zone Shield, which is a one-piece BASF polyurethane guard that company officials say acts as a safeguard in front of the dual rear wheels of a school bus. The shield mounts to the side panel of the bus.
Free danger zone program still available
January 20, 2011
To help bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations teamed up last year to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide. The offer still stands.
Danger zone fatalities drop
January 18, 2011
Thirteen children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2009-10 school year. The total is down nearly 25 percent from the previous year.

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