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There were 15 crashes last year that directly resulted from illegal school bus passing, with a toll of 18 injuries and deaths, according to stop-arm enforcement technology provider Redflex Student Guardian.
Among the incidents in 2013 were:
• A 5-year-old died after stepping off a school bus and being hit by a truck near Pembroke, Ga., Savannah Morning News reported.
• News 12 Connecticut reported that a 17-year-old suffered a broken leg after being hit by a car that apparently passed a school bus illegally.
• Three children were hit by a car as they tried to board a bus in Kelso, Wash.
• A teen was hit and killed by a vehicle in Salisbury, N.C., while crossing the street at a school bus stop.
To combat illegal school bus passing, many operations are testing and implementing automated stop-arm enforcement programs.
School buses are outfitted with a camera system that is triggered to capture data as a vehicle passes the bus while the stop arm is extended and lights are flashing. The data, including photos and video of the incident, are reviewed and placed into an evidence file. Local law enforcement officers review the evidence to determine whether a citation is warranted.
“Far too many drivers underestimate the consequences of illegally passing a school bus," said Thomas O’Connor, president of Redflex Student Guardian. "Photo enforcement is one of the most effective ways to curb this dangerous behavior, while also holding violators accountable.”
The company reports that automated stop-arm enforcement is currently enabled in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Legislators in some other states are considering enablement.
Kiesha Shannon of Ohio pleads guilty to attacking her daughter’s bus driver and is sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says he had limited sentencing options, which is why he didn’t give her jail time.
The railroad crossing arm reportedly lowers onto the bus. A student captures video of a freight train running near the bus, but no one is harmed.
NYAPT asks the state Legislature to continue the funding it is currently providing; add funding for pre-K students, bus monitors, and security; and increase support for the school bus driver training program.
The Arkansas sheriff’s deputy is terminated for giving conflicting accounts of the incident.
HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.
A California school bus reportedly T-bones a car, critically injuring the driver of the car. The students suffer minor injuries, and the bus driver and two aides are unharmed.
Florida officers arrest Zachary Martin for allegedly stealing a school bus and attempting to elude officers during a traffic stop.
The DS2 is a two-camera vehicle event recording system that combines high-definition video recording, fleet telematics, and vehicle operating data on one screen for better incident review and driver coaching.
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Gabriel Rose, who previously served as a security specialist for Talbot County (Md.) Public Schools, replaces Leon Langley as state director.
A semi tractor trailer in Indiana strikes the driver’s side of the bus and pushes it off the road. Students and the bus driver are treated for injuries.
Tennessee state troopers and local police will ride and follow Hamilton County school buses, including the route related to the Nov. 21 fatal crash.
The Dash Group, a consulting firm, gives a grant to a Tennessee school district to use The Judgment Index, a tool that is designed to assess the judgment skills of potential school bus drivers.
According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep nearly double their risk for a crash.