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Bus driver tests positive for cocaine after crash
March 8, 2012
Catherine Daffin is charged with child endangerment and could face more charges for an incident last month in which she lost control of her bus and hit two mailboxes, drove over a median and crashed into a tree. Daffin claimed that the brakes had failed, but an investigation found that mechanical errors did not contribute to the accident.
Frederick County (Md.) adopted a stop-arm camera ordinance in February. This photo, of officials from the school district's transportation department and three law enforcement agencies, was taken when legislation was initiated.
Md. districts aim to capture stop-arm violations
March 8, 2012
Several counties in the state are turning to camera systems to combat the persistent problem of illegal school bus passing. Directors of transportation discuss their efforts with SBF.
Agency seeks comments on proposed bus standard
March 7, 2012
A draft of the D250-12 standard has been posted for public review by the Canadian Standards Association. The Ontario School Bus Association says that the most significant changes to the current standard are the requirement for side mirrors to have remote control adjustment, and there are accessibility requirements for buses that are designed to be wheelchair accessible.
New director sees growth in online training
March 7, 2012
Patrick Willi, named director of School Training Solutions after Mike Kelley's retirement, says that rampant budget cuts are leading to online training becoming more prevalent in the pupil transportation industry.
7 districts receive funding for new buses, retrofits
March 6, 2012
Six school districts in Iowa will receive up to $38,000 in reimbursement as a match for a new school bus to replace their oldest school bus still in regular use. Another district will receive full reimbursement for retrofits. The funding is provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through the EPA's Clean Diesel Campaign.
Ga., S.C. districts hit with bus driver shortages
March 6, 2012
One of the districts has been forced to double or triple routes to cope with the shortage. Recruitment and retention problems, as well as absenteeism, have contributed to the problem.
Blue Bird recently showcased its Vision school bus at the China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition in Beijing.
Blue Bird exhibits at Chinese school bus forum
March 5, 2012
Officials attend the China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition last month and display the Vision school bus, which the company says generated interest from attendees who stopped by Blue Bird’s booth. While in China, the team also met with government officials, outlining fundamental features of the American school bus system.
Poll probes transportation workers' sleep issues
March 5, 2012
About one-fourth of train operators and pilots admit that sleepiness has affected their job performance at least once a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says that the new poll, which includes bus drivers, "should serve as a literal 'wake-up call.'"
VIDEO: School bus torched by flare
March 5, 2012
Maryland State Police have in custody the student who they believe lit the flare on the bus. Twenty-eight students were on board at the time of the incident.
NTSB releases agenda for attentive driving forum
March 5, 2012
During the agency’s free one-day event, four panels of experts from federal and state governments, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocacy groups, law enforcement and the research community will discuss countermeasures to distracted driving. Officials say the panels will also consider recent research on driver distraction that could contribute to reducing such accidents.
Iowa illegal bus passing bill advances
March 5, 2012
The state Senate unanimously passes legislation that would increase the fine for passing a stopped school bus from $200 to up to $675 and also calls for up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. The bill is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck last year as she was walking across a road to board her school bus.
Special-needs school gets new bus
March 2, 2012
The 16-passenger bus replaces a school van that held five students. The bus will be used for field trips and to transport students to jobs.
2 more complete NAPT special-needs training
March 2, 2012
Cindy Cain of First Canada is the 19th person to complete the program, and Kathleen Furneaux of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute is the 20th. The association’s program has a curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
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Hobson leaves NSTA
March 2, 2012
After about a year on the job, David Hobson departs his position as executive director of the school bus contractor group. President Magda Dimmendaal credits him for his work in membership growth and cash flow management, among other areas.
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Special-needs student found unconscious on bus
March 2, 2012
The 8-year-old girl is found unconscious in her wheelchair shortly after the bus arrives at her school. She dies after being transported to a medical center.
Contractor offers incentive for safety, attendance
March 1, 2012
Under a new program at North America Central/Illinois Central School Bus, staff members who are free of preventable accidents and workers’ comp claims and have perfect attendance for a given month are entered in a drawing to win a flat-screen TV.
Driver fired for falling asleep, crashing bus
March 1, 2012
Investigators determine that Bev Turner fell asleep at the wheel of her bus before it went off the road and down a ditch, eventually striking a concrete structure. Eight students suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Colleagues remember Joe Mirabella as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads
February 29, 2012
Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted advertising on school buses — a controversial stance. Colleagues remember him as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Trans/Air releases educational BTU bulletin
February 29, 2012
The climate control manufacturer says its new bulletin helps bus transportation and maintenance personnel evaluate BTU ratings and use performance pull-down criteria as a critical step in specifying bus air-conditioning systems.
Bonneville County Joint School District 93 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, plans to implement a program wherein adult volunteers will ride on buses to monitor student behavior.
 
District targets bus bullying with adult monitors
February 29, 2012
Under the effort at Bonneville County Joint School District 93 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, volunteers will ride on some of the district’s buses, taking note of inappropriate behavior. Guy Bliesner, health, safety and security coordinator for the district, tells SBF that the volunteers will also distribute “bus bucks” — which can be redeemed for prizes — to students who behave well.
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