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In the Office or at the Wheel, Contractor of the Year Led by Example
August 31, 2015

New Jersey’s Riley Williams demonstrated a passion for safely transporting students and for giving back to the community. He connected with his drivers by driving alongside them.

Sticker reminds New Jersey school bus drivers to check for sleepers
August 24, 2015
New Jersey school districts and contractors can order the free sticker for their buses. It reads, “Is everyone off the bus? Check everywhere and be sure.”
School bus contractor Riley Williams remembered for leadership
June 23, 2015
Williams, who was the president and owner of New Jersey school bus contracting business B.R. Williams Inc., contributed to state and national associations and even drove buses part-time.
New Jersey school bus safety bills advance
June 12, 2015
The Senate Education Committee approves bills on installing stop-arm cameras; requiring lap-shoulder belts and sensors to alert drivers when a child walks in front of the bus; and a training program on interacting with special-needs students.
Police crack down on unlicensed ‘school bus’ businesses
April 23, 2015
Police in New Jersey issued nine summonses to drivers who were allegedly using their personal vehicles to transport groups of children to school as a business venture without being licensed to operate their vehicle in a commercial capacity.
Update: New Jersey bill on service animals approved
April 1, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie signs into law legislation that adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed.
New Jersey lawmakers OK service animals on school buses
March 2, 2015
The bill, which adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed, awaits the governor’s signature.
School bus crossing light allowed in 2 more states
January 19, 2015
Nevada becomes the sixth state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
9-year-old struck by car passing school bus
January 7, 2015
The boy was dragged 80 feet and knocked unconscious when he was hit by a car while crossing the street on Tuesday in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Driver admits leaving special-needs kids on bus in summer heat
December 1, 2014
Kimberly Moumblow, a school bus driver for Vernon (N.J.) Township School District, pleads guilty to cruelty and neglect of a child for leaving two students, ages 7 and 9, alone on a parked bus in July for about 45 minutes. Sentencing is anticipated for Jan. 16.
District cracks down on parents boarding buses
October 8, 2014
After a parent entered a school bus without the driver’s permission, the superintendent of Manalapan-Englishtown (N.J.) Regional School District told parents in a letter that future incidents will prompt an incident report to the police, an investigation into whether charges should be filed, and revocation of bus privileges for all children of the parent for the remainder of the year.
School bus strikes, kills New Jersey woman
August 11, 2014
Leyla Kan was walking through an intersection, and even though she and Esperanza Jaramillo, the driver, had the green light, Jaramillo allegedly did not yield the right of way. Police have issued motor-vehicle summonses to Jaramillo for careless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian who had the right of way, and driving with a vehicle with badly worn tires.
6 special-needs students suffer minor injuries in bus crash
August 4, 2014
The Atlantic County (N.J.) Special Services School District elementary school students, three of whom are in wheelchairs, and two adults, are taken to the hospital after a collision between their school bus and a truck last month. The driver of the truck stopped at an intersection but proceeded through it without making sure it was clear when the truck was struck by the school bus.
Driver allegedly left special-needs kids alone on bus without air conditioning
August 4, 2014
Two Vernon (N.J.) Township Schools students, ages 7 and 9, are found after having been trapped inside the bus for more than 45 minutes with the windows up. The driver may face criminal charges, including endangering the welfare of a child and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.
First Student transports 10,000 Special Olympics participants
August 4, 2014
The school bus contractor provided shuttle service for the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. Hundreds of school bus drivers transported athletes, coaches and spectators to various venues.
2 school bus drivers arrested in child pornography sweep
July 25, 2014
The school bus drivers are among 14 men recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey. One of the drivers allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images with an underage male he met online.
Site of fatal school bus crash converted to traffic circle
July 15, 2014
The intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., where one student was killed and 17 others were injured when a dump truck struck their school bus in 2012, was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign. There were 15 accidents at the intersection between 2007 and 2011, but investigators determined that, based on the bus’s position, the layout of the intersection did not contribute to the 2012 accident.
District faces traffic protest over courtesy busing cuts
June 10, 2014
Public and non-public school officials in Lakewood, N.J., are in talks to avert a call for parents to drive thousands of children to their private schools in protest against the elimination of publicly funded courtesy busing. Last month, the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education eliminated all courtesy busing from the 2014-15 budget as a way to meet tax hike caps set by the state.
Bullet hits bus carrying special-needs students
May 2, 2014
The bus is hit while carrying six special-needs students and three employees as three to four men fired several shots. No children are injured.
New Jersey district boosts training with bus crash drill
May 1, 2014
Perth Amboy Public Schools' transportation department conducts the full-scale drill in partnership with the city's police and fire departments, as well as EMS personnel and students, to better prepare all involved in the event of a real emergency. Transportation Manager Edmund Treadaway discusses the event, which was nine months in the making.
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