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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.
Atlantic Express boosts driver safety with GreenRoad technology
August 26, 2010
The contractor is installing the GreenRoad 360 service on its buses. GreenRoad 360 provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time feedback to improve driving decisions and performance while also offering online reporting, analysis and coaching on drivers’ abilities, maneuvers and patterns.
Cloud hosting helps Transfinder provide continuous service
August 25, 2010
The transportation management solution provider’s Infofinder i system enables parents to see their children’s bus stop information on the school district's Website. The application is hosted in a “cloud” — a collection of servers that are interconnected — which enables the company to quickly respond to clients’ needs.
Civil citation sought for illegal bus passing
August 23, 2010
While law enforcement cannot issue a citation unless an officer was present to see the violation, Frederick (Md.) County Public Schools officials want to cite drivers and charge a fine for passing a school bus illegally in the city of Frederick.
Transfinder clients earn routing software certification
August 23, 2010
The clients became certified Routefinder Pro users by completing a 50-question exam that tested their knowledge and proper use of the software. The exam was given during the transportation management system provider's National Client Conference in July.
‘Bus Bucks’ program encourages good bus rider behavior
August 23, 2010
Under the incentive program, students at a South Carolina school district receive Bus Bucks for following directions, remaining seated and talking quietly on their school buses. Bus Bucks can be redeemed for such prizes as a fast food coupon and a homework pass.
Cummins hits landmark in 2010 engine production
August 23, 2010
After seven months' production of its EPA 2010 compliant engines, Cummins announces that it has built and shipped more than 20,000 units. The manufacturer’s heavy-duty and mid-range engines use selective catalytic reduction to meet the EPA standards.
District drops $200 bus rider fee
August 20, 2010
Officials at Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota say that there has been an increase in the number of students who qualify for a reduced fee or no fee and as more students qualify, the district will collect less revenue from the fees. The district also rescinded the fee because the transportation department has negotiated a freeze in the expense of outsourcing bus service.
Tags: bus fees
IMMI names James Johnson VP
August 19, 2010
During the development and integration of lap-shoulder belts on school buses, Johnson worked with NHTSA to define testing methodology that validates the performance of seating products.

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