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Dogs ride school bus to day camp
September 3, 2010
Jeremy Sweet transports up to 25 dogs a day to Totally Dog in Florida. Sweet and his wife Elena opened the camp, which includes a five-acre playground and a bone-shaped swimming pool, 11 years ago.
Highway-rail accidents down 80% since 1972
September 2, 2010
That’s the year nonprofit Operation Lifesaver was founded. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman commends the organization for its long-running efforts. Among Operation Lifesaver’s offerings is training specifically for school bus drivers.
Kids wear color-coded tags on the bus to improve safety
September 2, 2010
The youngest riders who attend kindergarten are identified with green tags, those who transfer buses with blue tags, and those who carry Epi-Pens for allergic reactions with red tags.
London bus operator to expand business in U.S.
September 2, 2010
Go-Ahead Group Plc operates about 120 yellow school buses in St. Louis in conjunction with its partner, Cook-Illinois Corp. Following a positive start to the project, the company’s CFO says the number of buses may double by next year.
Report: Condition of state highways has improved
September 2, 2010
The Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report indicates that nationally, the percentage of urban interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000. Pavement conditions on urban interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and traffic fatalities have fallen to the lowest levels seen since the 1960s.
Photo courtesy of M2K/Syntec Seating Solutions.
Texas school bus seat belt law hits roadblocks
September 2, 2010
The law requiring three-point seat belts on all school buses purchased in the state went into effect yesterday. The Texas Education Agency, which is responsible for reimbursing schools, says it is awaiting approval from the Legislative Budget Board to release the funds.
Update: School bus service cut for Staten Island students
September 2, 2010
The state Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order that forced the New York Department of Education to keep providing school bus service to seventh and eighth grade students. Parents can argue for the restoration of transportation services in court on Sept. 13.
NSTA donates more than $2K to Special Olympics
September 1, 2010
The association collected over $2,100 for the Special Olympics' St. Louis chapter in a raffle that was held during NSTA's annual meeting in July, and from the sale of old golf carts that were used for the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.
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Study: 8% of all drivers have driven drunk in past year
August 31, 2010
The research by NHTSA also reveals that about one in five Americans have driven within two hours of drinking alcohol in the past year. The U.S. DOT kicks off its annual “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” campaign.
1 dead, 5 injured in school bus crashes
August 31, 2010
In the first accident, a school bus driver went through an intersection and a semi truck collided with it. Four children were injured. In the second accident, another bus from the same district was rear-ended by a car. The driver of the car was transported to a hospital for treatment; the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
Video: Dad makes school bus sandwich
August 31, 2010
Kai Wilken helps his son eat healthy foods at school by creating sandwiches with lunchmeat, cheese, fruit and vegetables that feature everything from superheroes to cartoon characters. Among his other edible masterpieces is a school bus.
District, drivers' association resolve outsourcing dispute
August 31, 2010
Collective bargaining agreement ends all legal action regarding the district's move to outsource transportation to Durham School Services. All the district's drivers become Durham employees as of Nov. 1.
School redesigns parking lot, bus loading zone after accident
August 30, 2010
The new parking lot and bus loading zone are designed to create separate pick-up and drop-off areas for buses and vehicles. A committee of school officials headed up the effort to improve safety.
Bus driver charged for having gun on school grounds
August 30, 2010
Wayne Lindsay is guilty of a felony for leaving his gun in his car parked at a school while he drove his bus. His permit to carry a concealed weapon has been seized and he has been suspended from his duties at a North Carolina district while the incident is investigated.
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School bus driver record checks available online
August 30, 2010
The Texas Department of Public Safety is offering the service free of charge to school districts statewide. Since its implementation in early August, more than 6,000 records have been requested.
Grant offered to fund student field trips
August 26, 2010
The program, launched last year by NAPT President Linda Bluth and her partner, will give preference this year to applications that benefit homeless students in Washington and Oregon, although the award will be discretionary.
Hugh Hattabaugh, chief operating officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, talks to a reporter about the district’s new magnet shuttle stops.
Shuttle stop system could save $3.5 million
August 26, 2010
Under the new plan at Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, students attending magnet middle and high schools are picked up and dropped off by the district’s school buses at designated shuttle sites.
Illinois School Bus installs ridership tracking system on fleet
August 26, 2010
ZPass by Zonar Systems logs the date, time and location that a student enters or exits a bus and transmits the information to each school within a district. The contractor says that the system will be particularly useful during the first few days of school as drivers adjust to new routes and children learn their bus stop locations.
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Study: Cost of motor vehicle crashes tops $99 billion
August 26, 2010
Teens and young adults made up 28 percent of all fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle injuries and 31 percent of the costs ($31 billion). Recommendations to prevent accidents include graduated driver licensing policies, child safety seat distribution, primary seat belt laws and enforcement, helmet laws and sobriety checkpoints.
Arizona district requires proof of residency to board buses
August 26, 2010
Ajo Unified School District is seeking to stop students who live in Mexico from attending school in Ajo. The move follows Arizona's recently passed illegal immigration law. However, illegal immigrants can attend Arizona schools if they are residents of the state.

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