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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.
Bus driver fined for 'ignoring another bus' flashing lights'
March 15, 2011
Wendy Sue Restoule must pay $250 within the next six months for the incident. She was initially charged with failing to stop for a school bus — a violation punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points, but ahead of her trial, a plea was entered on her behalf to the lesser charge of disobeying a traffic control signal in her lane.
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.
Students produce public safety video on illegal bus passing
February 10, 2011
The 30-second public service announcement demonstrates that protecting the lives of students is worth waiting the extra time for a stopped school bus. It was produced in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; authorities report that between September and January, they received 60 complaints of illegal passing incidents.
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.
Lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on illegal bus passing law
January 18, 2011
Mississippi senators say the House version of Nathan's Law, passed last week, weakens existing legislation on illegal passing. The bill includes a charge of aggravated assault for violators, but senators believe it will be impossible to prosecute violators on that charge.
Focus on Safety — In and Out of the Bus
January 18, 2011

At the NASDPTS conference, state directors discuss enhancing school bus security and reducing pedestrian fatalities, among other topics.

Texas student killed by truck while exiting school bus
January 11, 2011
The 7-year-old boy is struck by a pickup as he crosses the street to his house after disembarking his bus. Salvador Hernandez, who allegedly failed to heed the bus' flashing lights and stop sign, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Loophole in bus passing law targeted
January 4, 2011
One missing word in Virginia’s regulation on stopping for school buses allowed a motorist to avoid being convicted. A state legislator introduces a bill that would add “at” to fix the law.
Lawmakers to again consider illegal bus passing law
January 3, 2011
Nathan’s Law, named after a boy who was killed by a motorist as he was disembarking his school bus, will be re-introduced during the Mississippi Legislature’s 2011 session. The bill got full support from the state Senate last year, but died in a House committee.
System bolsters student safety in and outside school buses
December 14, 2010
Among the components of BusGuard by ONGO Live Inc. is VidCops, which enables the company to send traffic tickets to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The company’s CEO and COO discuss this and the system’s other features with SBF.
Student injured in school bus crash dies
December 7, 2010
Five-year-old Karen Stoute passed away on Monday morning. In the accident, an 18-wheeler strikes the bus from behind as it is moving forward after picking up students. All 21 students on board sustain injuries.
Student saved from serious injury in illegal bus passing incident
November 22, 2010
Dustin Wulf honks his bus’ horn after he sees that a car is going to pass the stopped bus and is approaching too fast. The horn alerts 7-year-old Stalena Whitehead, who is able to step back before being grazed by the car as it slides around a corner.
New technology captures illegal bus passing incidents
October 18, 2010
ACS CrossSafe records high-quality footage; the video is watermarked with the time, date, GPS coordinates and other information needed for proving the violation. Affiliated Computer Services, which designed the system, manages the entire reporting process.
Efforts to observe School Bus Safety Week abound
October 13, 2010
A non-profit coalition has issued tips for children, while a school bus contractor and operations from Missouri to Nevada have organized safety lessons and assemblies for students. In Florida, the departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have developed the “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” campaign.
NAPT News & Views
October 12, 2010

Try to interest reporters in the hard news that affects our industry during the school year.

Indiana state troopers catch illegal bus passers
October 11, 2010
Authorities rode on three of Vigo County School Corp.’s school buses in late September and wrote three traffic citations for motorists who violated the state’s school bus stop arm law. The enforcement action stemmed from complaints made by the school system’s bus drivers about alleged illegal passing.
Children hit by passing cars in similar accidents last week
September 28, 2010
Two illegal passing incidents occurred on Friday last week: one in Indiana, one in North Carolina. In both cases, the children struck by oncoming vehicles survived. In Indiana, the 18-year-old motorist is said to have been using her cell phone at the time of the accident.
Parents push for stronger illegal bus passing law
September 20, 2010
During the upcoming Mississippi legislative session, Lori and Andy Key will re-introduce a bill that would raise fines for first-time offenders to $500 to $5,000 and incur a 30-day driver’s license suspension. “Nathan’s Law” — named after their son, who was killed in a bus passing incident — was introduced in January, but died in committee.
Civil citation sought for illegal bus passing
August 23, 2010
While law enforcement cannot issue a citation unless an officer was present to see the violation, Frederick (Md.) County Public Schools officials want to cite drivers and charge a fine for passing a school bus illegally in the city of Frederick.

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