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47-year school bus driver honored in New York
April 23, 2013
Pat Beesmer, a driver for Ethan Allen Transportation, is named School Bus Driver of the Year in Ulster County. A mother of three kids who have been passengers on Beesmer's bus says that she is "very tuned in to every child's needs — those who occasionally get bus sick, and those who miss Mom or Dad on their first day of school."
Bill aimed at protecting students on private roads approved
April 15, 2013
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law House Bill 2170, which amends the current law to state that school bus drivers must engage their bus’ stop arm and flashing lights while students are boarding or disembarking on a private road or driveway. Officials say the bill will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends.
North Carolina bill would increase bus-passing fines
April 8, 2013
Under the North Carolina School Bus Safety Act, the fines for such a violation range from a minimum of $500 to $5,000 depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. The act also includes provisions for driver’s license revocation.
Wyoming students push for bus safety law changes
March 25, 2013
Following the death of a student in an illegal bus-passing accident, her classmates create proposals for legislators, including increasing bus-passing fines. The students speak to members of the state’s education committee about the proposals during a recent legislative session.
Driver who hit boy while passing bus avoids jail
March 7, 2013
A judge in Pennsylvania declines a prosecutor's suggestion that jail time "might be appropriate," sentencing the 62-year-old woman instead to community service and probation. The 5-year-old boy's skull was fractured when he was clipped by the woman's car as she illegally passed his bus.
Florida bill would permit photo enforcement of bus passing
March 5, 2013
The legislation would enable school boards to authorize that cameras be installed on school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass the buses, and then use that as evidence for law enforcement to issue citations. Violators would be issued a $250 fine.
North Carolina bill would revoke bus passers' licenses
February 26, 2013
Under Senate Bill 16, the license revocation periods range from 30 days to two years depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. On Tuesday, the bill passes a third reading in the Senate.
Mom’s sign tells drivers to stop for school bus
February 14, 2013
In Lee County, Fla., Ann Tomlinson saw how many motorists were illegally passing her daughter’s school bus, and she decided to do something about it. Holding a “STOP FOR BUS” sign and wearing a safety vest, she stands at the bus stop — morning and afternoon — to spread the safety message.
Driver credited with saving boy from illegal bus passer
February 12, 2013
Michigan school bus driver Jayce Dempsey spots an SUV approaching his bus on the right as 9-year-old Casey is preparing to disembark, so he grabs him and pulls him up the stairs as the motorist passes the bus. Casey’s mom, Robin Dunn, tells news outlet mlive.com, “I just want as many people as possible to know this man saved my son’s life.”
Bill would require motorists to stop for buses on private roads
February 7, 2013
Current Arizona law requires motorists to stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students on public highways. A bill under consideration in the state Legislature would amend the law for it to apply to private roads and driveways as well, but it would not apply to a bus that is stopped in a parking lot.
Blue Bird, Redflex partner to curb stop-arm running
January 31, 2013
Under the agreement, officials say the Redflex Student Guardian stop-arm camera system is available from all Blue Bird dealers throughout North America. The Student Guardian system monitors and automatically detects drivers who illegally pass school buses while students are loading and unloading.
Father of teen killed by stop-arm running speaks out
January 10, 2013
Nearly four years ago, 16-year-old Nicholas Adkins was fatally struck by a vehicle that failed to stop for his school bus. North Carolina then passed legislation that stiffened penalties for such a violation and allowed stop-arm cameras on school buses. With the anniversary of Nicholas’ death approaching, his father talks with a news outlet and gives a stark reminder of the dangers of stop-arm running.
Iowa study probes stop-arm safety measures
January 4, 2013
The report, required by last year's "Kadyn's Law," analyzes ways to potentially reduce illegal passing of school buses, including stop-arm cameras. Researchers find that home-side loading should be encouraged as a best practice but not required.
State school bus stop laws compiled
December 18, 2012
A new research document sheds light on the differences in states' regulations on stopping for stopped school buses. Patrick Willi, director of School Training Solutions, tells SBF that the idea for the project came to him during a discussion of stop-arm running at the recent NASDPTS conference.
Boy thrown over car after being struck by bus passer
December 6, 2012
Police say the boy escaped serious injury in Wednesday’s accident, with a captain from the Graham (N.C.) Police Department saying that the child “didn’t seem hurt at all.” Motorist Crystal Lashawn Clay is charged with passing a stopped school bus and careless and reckless driving.
Another motorist drives on sidewalk to pass buses
November 27, 2012
In the wake of the well-publicized incident involving Cleveland motorist Shena Hardin, Nancy Yachanin commits a similar offense, driving down a sidewalk to get around a line of buses in front of a middle school. She is cited by police for careless operation in willful disregard for public safety.
Cleveland City Council aims to increase bus-passing penalties
November 20, 2012
Councilman Kevin Conwell introduces an ordinance that would upgrade the violation from a minor misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and a license suspension of up to three years. Conwell and his colleagues push for the measure following motorist Shena Hardin’s bus-passing violation and "idiot sign" sentence.
Woman sentenced for fatal bus-passing accident
November 15, 2012
Shirley McManners is sentenced to one year in prison and 14 years of probation for the December accident in which she struck and killed 17-year-old Brandy Hart after she exited her school bus. McManners pled guilty last month to a charge of vehicular homicide and apologized to Hart’s family.
Motorist in bus-passing incident must wear ‘idiot’ sign
November 7, 2012
Shena Hardin is ordered by a judge to wear a sign that says, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus" at the intersection where she drove on a sidewalk to pass a stopped bus. She must also pay $250 in court costs, and her license has been suspended for 30 days.
Stop-arm sweep ends with 7 citations
November 6, 2012
West Virginia state troopers tag along on school bus routes with stop-arm running problems during National School Bus Safety Week. On more than half of the targeted routes, violators receive tickets and fines.

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