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Maryland allots $550K for school bus safety efforts
July 27, 2011
Forty-six agencies statewide will receive a total of $548,411 in grants from the Maryland School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund to put toward police overtime to enforce bus safety laws or driver education activities. The money for such projects is designed to help reduce the incidence of illegal bus passing in the state.
Survey confirms 'alarming' number of illegal passes
July 11, 2011
The first national survey of stop-arm running finds that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says that the association, which conducted the survey, hopes that the results will "trigger more safety countermeasures within states and at the national level."
Conn. allows video in citing stop-arm runners
July 5, 2011
Warning signs have to be posted on school buses equipped with surveillance systems to catch the violations. Images have to clearly show the license plate number of passing vehicles.
New laws target safety at school, on the bus
June 17, 2011
Several of the changes brought about by bills signed into law in Virginia focus on pupil transportation. They include restricting sex offenders' access to school buses and allowing video cameras on buses to record illegal passing.
Student death leads to call for tougher bus passing legislation
May 31, 2011
Kim Koenigs, the mother of a student who befriended Kadyn Halverson, starts a "Kadyn's Law" Facebook page in honor of the girl, who was killed by a motorist who failed to stop as she was walking across a road to board her school bus. The page calls for legislation that would provide more stringent laws for drivers who illegally pass school buses.
New York association supports illegal bus passing bill
May 25, 2011
The legislation would allow for prosecution of such violations based on photographic evidence as well as allow for citations to be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, regardless of who was driving it at the time. NYAPT President David Christopher points out that motorists in the state illegally pass school buses "some 50,000 times each day."
Bus-passing fatality spurs further safety efforts
May 16, 2011
A 7-year-old in Iowa is killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street to board her school bus. State pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that a statewide task force is being formed to work on more ways to fight the stop-arm running problem.
Police captain found guilty of illegal bus passing
April 26, 2011
Bruce Thomas Gentry receives a 45-day suspended sentence for passing a stopped school bus in his police cruiser. The mother of a boy who was crossing the street to board the bus and witnessed the incident says she had to yell her son's name to prevent him from stepping out in front of Gentry's car.
Survey delves into stop-arm violations
April 12, 2011
Industry veteran Dr. Ray Turner asks for input from transportation directors and supervisors on the problem of motorists passing stopped school buses. Results of the survey will be shared with participants and used to develop a bus driver training program.
NAPT News & Views
April 7, 2011

It’s what we do today and tomorrow that contributes to preventing future accidents. Tight budget situations are not a reason to retreat but to become even more engaged in the conversation locally and nationally about why yellow bus transportation is vital to learning.

School bus safety bill signed into law
April 5, 2011
Mississippi legislators and the governor pass Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. It is named for a 5-year-old who was killed in a bus-passing incident.
Lawmakers push new illegal bus passing bill
March 31, 2011
The legislation would allow local jurisdictions to monitor and ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses using video cameras mounted on the buses. School bus drivers would be responsible for reporting incidents and handing over video footage to law enforcement personnel to review and issue the tickets.
Loophole closed in bus passing law
March 29, 2011
After a missing "at" in Virginia's law on school bus stop-arm running allowed a motorist to avoid conviction, legislation was introduced to clarify the wording. It was signed by the governor last week and went into effect immediately.
Police to participate in Operation Safe Stop Day
March 23, 2011
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal bus passing complaints and issue tickets to violators. Final figures will be made available to state and local officials, as well as the media.
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.

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