Safety

Ala. bill would restrict school bus driver cell phone use

Posted on March 21, 2012

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The state House of Representatives passed legislation last week that would restrict cell phone use while drivers are operating school buses, The Associated Press reports.

Under the bill, bus drivers would only be permitted to use their phones if the bus is parked or to call in medical concerns, unsafe road conditions, threats to public safety, or mechanical problems that could harm the driver or students. The legislation would also ban the use of citizens band radio, two-way radios and hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth headsets.

The House approved the bill on a vote of 83 to 1, but it must be approved by the state Senate and signed by Gov. Robert Bentley before it could become law.

To read the full story, click here.

Related Topics: Alabama, cell phones

Comments ( 3 )
  • Max Christensen

     | about 6 years ago

    Why in the world would the legislature want to ban cb radios, two-way radios, and hands free devices?? Communication between a school bus and dispatch is vital for the safety of the children. I'm not understanding this legislation at all?

  • See all comments
More Stories
Product

Driver Message Sign

The Driver Alert Message Sign is designed to help reduce illegal passing of school buses by improving direct line of sight visibility for oncoming drivers.

News

School Bus Driver Suspended After Bathroom Break to Keep Job

A New Jersey superintendent’s call to fire Gaye Kish for using her phone, having a friend board her bus, and taking a bathroom break during her route is rejected by the board of education. Kish cites a medical condition as the reason for taking the break.

Product

Convertible Seating Solution

Blue Bird Corp. and HSM’s convertible NextGen seat allows the customer to change the seat back frame to have three-point belts or child restraints without having to purchase new seats.

A <I>PBS NewsHour</i> piece looks at the safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue of seat belts on school buses.
News

PBS Probes School Bus Seat Belt Debate

The PBS NewsHour piece looks at safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue. Interviews include transportation directors and NHTSA’s former administrator.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!