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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.
Man arrested for stalking girl at bus stop
October 2, 2012
The investigation by the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland reveals that Narciso Bonilla beeped his car horn and waved at the girl, and he also tried to speak with her. He is taken into custody after detectives set up a surveillance operation and witness him harassing her.
District investigates student handcuffing incident
October 1, 2012
Police handcuff the autistic student after responding to a call from his bus driver and aide, who report that they and two students were bitten after the boy became aggressive and escaped his seat harness. The boy’s mother says the situation should have been handled differently.
Md. teen brings gun on bus, to school
September 18, 2012
Authorities take the boy into custody and say that pending review of the state’s attorney, he will be charged as a juvenile. Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson is calling on gun owners to follow the law by securing their weapons from children 15 years old and younger — the boy’s grandfather is the owner of the handgun involved in the incident.
Md. districts aim to capture stop-arm violations
March 8, 2012
Several counties in the state are turning to camera systems to combat the persistent problem of illegal school bus passing. Directors of transportation discuss their efforts with SBF.
Md. district receives Bluth-Eisman field trip scholarship
November 15, 2011
National Association for Pupil Transportation Past-President Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner, Betsy Eisman, endow their 2011 field trip grant to Harford County Public Schools. The field trip grant covers the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and/or classroom resource materials.
Survey reports on illegal bus passing incidents in Maryland
March 22, 2011
The survey, which the State Department of Education coordinated with transportation directors from all 24 of Maryland’s school systems, reveals that 7,028 violations were recorded on a single day last month. Large school systems noted the most violators, while some small school systems found no violators.
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