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School bus fatally strikes pedestrian
June 12, 2015
According to a preliminary investigation, a 58-year-old woman was crossing a street in Derwood, Maryland, when a school bus making a left turn struck her.
School bus dealer awards first scholarship
June 8, 2015
American Bus Sales and Service, which represents Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, chose Trinity Renee Mitchell for the award. Mitchell, a college student, comes from a family with a long history of providing school bus service.
Maryland woman charged with school bus theft pleads guilty
April 9, 2015
Nicole Jo-Ann Adams pleads guilty to second degree burglary and theft and is sentenced to 10 years on each count. In October, Adams, along with a second suspect, stole a special-needs school bus from a lot and crashed it.
Study: 1,500 stop-arm camera tickets issued in D.C. area
March 19, 2015
The finding is from a AAA Mid-Atlantic review of five jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C., area that have deployed school bus stop-arm cameras since 2013.
Baltimore group seeks solutions for school transit
January 7, 2015
A community event aims to develop ways to cut down on long transit rides and taxi costs for students. Baltimore City Public Schools will provide seed funding for the best proposals.
Maryland county urges higher stop-arm running fines
December 4, 2014
Under state law, the maximum penalty allowed is $250 per offense, but Maryland’s district court set the fine at $125 as an incentive for violators to pay it instead of challenging the ticket. County officials will ask the Maryland General Assembly to increase the maximum fine to $500, in an attempt to move the actual fine to $250.
Program promotes student pedestrian safety
December 4, 2014
The YOLO (“you only live once”) Walk Safe campaign alerts high school students of the dangers of “distracted walking” caused by texting and other activities.
Boy on way to bus stop escapes abduction attempt
November 3, 2014
The 8-year-old tells police that a man got out of his car and pointed a gun at him, while a woman told him to get in the car.
2 arrested for stealing special-needs school bus
October 8, 2014
The suspects allegedly stole the bus from a lot in Crownsville, Maryland, struck a tower with it, broke the windows, crashed it in the woods, and attempted to set it on fire before abandoning it. The suspects were apparently under the influence of alcohol and were looking for change to buy cigarettes, police say.
Linda Bluth retires, but keeps busy in transportation
September 25, 2014
Special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth has officially retired from her position at the Maryland State Department of Education, but a full schedule of speaking engagements, consulting work and other activities is keeping her plugged into the pupil transportation community.
Driver in runaway bus case pleads guilty
September 11, 2014
A former school bus driver in Maryland whose unattended bus rolled into a small child in April pleads guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges. Prosecutors are asking that 61-year-old Arturo Harris be sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but 30 days, and three years of supervised probation.
Maryland county launches stop-arm cameras on 20 buses
August 28, 2014
Prince George’s County Public Schools partnered with the county police department on the new stop-arm camera program, dubbed “Safe Cross.” The district’s head of security says that the bus drivers are “very excited about this program, because they obviously care very deeply for our students, and they don’t want them to be in harm’s way.”
Stop-arm camera program cites nearly 300 in 3 months
April 29, 2014
The enforcement program, which currently has cameras on 25 Montgomery County Public Schools buses, launched in January and is set to expand. Of the 272 citations that were issued to motorists illegally passing school buses during the first three months of operation, 128 have been paid.
Unattended school bus rolls, strikes student
April 7, 2014
Investigators say they believe the bus driver left the bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child who was standing on a corner. All five children have been released from the hospital, and the driver has been arrested on multiple charges.
District's app lets parents check for bus delays
February 3, 2014
Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools launches a new school bus notification system that provides info on delays of 15 minutes or more. The program displays the bus number, whether it is a morning or afternoon bus, the length of the delay and the schools affected.
Maryland county launches stop-arm camera program
January 3, 2014
Several Montgomery County Public Schools buses are now equipped with automated cameras to record illegal passing. Officials say that the program will expand over the next few months and will target bus routes with the highest reports of violations. The fine for violations caught on camera is $125.
Students sprayed with antifreeze on school bus
September 13, 2013
The incident occurred as the bus was leaving school grounds — an antifreeze line on the vehicle burst. Three of the students who were sprayed sustained minor skin irritation, while another student suffered first-degree burns.
District revamps busing to offset $20M budget shortfall
July 29, 2013
Among the changes to take effect on Aug. 26 at Maryland's Harford County Public Schools are four new elementary schools being added to the fourth tier schedule, elimination of previously approved exemptions to the district’s transportation policy, depot bus stops established for magnet school students, and consolidated bus stops established for middle and high school bus routes. Officials say the changes will save the district approximately $890,000.
Analysis finds buses speeding in school zones
October 30, 2012
Automated speed cameras are installed in school zones in Baltimore, and $40 tickets are issued to vehicles recorded driving at least 12 mph over the speed limit. The Baltimore Sun reports that county public school buses have triggered the cameras more than 100 times in the past two years, privately owned buses have received at least 800 citations and city-owned buses have accumulated more than 50.
Driver collapses behind the wheel, but stops bus
October 19, 2012
A student on the bus says the driver’s head “sunk over, like he got knocked out.” Despite being incapacitated, the driver is reportedly able to bring the bus to a stop and avoid slamming into a utility pole.
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