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Crime and punishment
May 11, 2010

In the February issue, Executive Editor Thomas McMahon described an incident in which a school bus driver was charged with illegally passing another school bus. He asked readers to tell us how they would respond to such an incident at their operation, and what offenses lead to immediate termination.

District, police respond to rise in bus passing
April 16, 2010
A Florida school district, noting a recent increase in stop-arm running, teams up with the local police department to target key areas in a week-long crackdown. The county’s fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus is $268.
West Virginia cracks down on stop-arm runners
April 13, 2010
A new state law increases penalties for motorists who pass stopped school buses. It was prompted by the death of 6-year-old Haven McCarthy, who was hit by a passing vehicle as she got off her bus.
New York gears up for Operation Safe Stop day
April 13, 2010
On Thursday, police officers statewide will ride on bus routes and issue tickets to drivers who illegally pass school buses. Regional and state pupil transportation associations have partnered to mark the day by holding a press conference to educate drivers about the importance of stopping for buses.
School bus passing bill fails
April 1, 2010
“Nathan’s Law” would have increased penalties for stop-arm running in Mississippi. The bill was name for a 5-year-old who was killed by a passing motorist after getting off his bus in December. His parents say they’ll keep pushing for the change.
District uses cameras to combat illegal bus passing
March 10, 2010
An Arkansas school district has equipped buses with a 247Security system that includes an exterior camera to catch drivers who illegally pass.
Big jump in danger zone fatalities
February 23, 2010
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. It’s a large increase from the previous year’s total, five fatalities.
Mississippi may toughen penalties for illegal bus passing
January 12, 2010
A new bill would require convicted offenders to pay fines of $500 to $5,000, and their driver’s license would be suspended for 30 days. The legislation is named after a 5-year-old who was killed while leaving his school bus last month.
Child hit by car at bus stop, pedal misapplication cited
December 11, 2009
Police said that the 82-year-old driver of the car that passed the school bus accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake as she approached. The kindergartner later died at the hospital.
New York program catches multiple illegal passes
October 23, 2009
State association reports that three school buses equipped with cameras recorded 46 occurrences of illegal passing in three school districts over a span of 40 school days....
Maine bicyclists barred from stop-arm running
July 1, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine — A new state law will prohibit bicyclists from passing school buses that are stopped to load or unload students.

Gov. John Bald...

North Carolina governor signs bill on illegal bus passing
June 24, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. — On Monday, Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law a bill that targets motorists who pass stopped school buses.

The Nicolas Adkins Sc...

U.K. bill seeks to bolster school bus safety
May 20, 2009
LONDON — Passing a stopped school bus would be outlawed, and school buses would have to be “brightly and distinctly coloured” under a bill introduced...
North Carolina bill targets motorists who pass stopped school buses
April 14, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill that is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly would allow school districts to install cameras or video re...
Maine bill would bar bicyclists from running stop arms
April 14, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine — State Sen. John Nutting has introduced a bill that would prohibit bicyclists from passing school buses that are stopped to load or unload students.
Indiana bill on illegal bus passing moves forward
March 16, 2009
A bill that would create harsher penalties for motorists who illegally pass school buses received approval from a state Senate committee last week.
Kansas district, Durham partner with police to stop illegal passing
February 18, 2009
MERRIAM, Kan. — Police officers from departments across the Shawnee Mission School District geographic area began riding on school buses earlier this...
Stop and smell the roses
November 1, 2008

Some people just can’t take a hint. Or even several hints.

A guy is cruising down the street in his shiny, silver sedan when, up ahead, he sees a...

Kansas police ride the school bus
October 29, 2008
Local police officers last week rode along with children in school buses in an effort to catch stop-arm runners.
PTSI issues PSA on illegal school bus passing
September 11, 2008
The Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI) has completed a public service announcement (PSA) that emphasizes the necessity for motorists to stop when a school bus’ red lights are flashing and its stop sign is extended.

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