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Humble ISD school bus drivers Nicole Pennetta (left) and Karen Ferris were key players in the district’s Christmas parade entry.
Festive school bus wins award in Christmas parade
December 9, 2014
Humble (Texas) Independent School District adorned a bus with Christmas lights, reindeer antlers and other decorations for a local parade, and the team took home a top honor.
Blue Bird offers electronic stability control system
December 8, 2014
The Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now available as an option on Blue Bird’s All American and Vision buses.
Kristina Behrman of Davenport, Florida, got students to evacuate her bus just before it burst into flames. Photo from WTSP video, taken by a 10 News viewer.
Driver rescues nearly 40 children from burning bus
December 8, 2014
Kristina Behrman of Davenport, Florida, called 911 when she saw smoke coming from the back of the bus as she was driving students to school. She got the students to evacuate the bus just before it burst into flames.
School bus crossing light allowed in Nevada
December 5, 2014
Nevada becomes the sixth state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
Dad boards school bus, delivers atheistic message
December 4, 2014
The man’s daughter had reportedly said on the bus that “there is no God,” and the next day, the dad got on board and gave a similar message.
Tags: Missouri
PulseTech's SC-6 is a six-station HD recovery charger designed to recover, charge, maintain and desulfate from one to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.
PulseTech unveils battery recovery charger
December 4, 2014
The SC-6 is designed to recover, charge, maintain and desulfate from one to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.
Tags: batteries
Maryland county urges higher stop-arm running fines
December 4, 2014
Under state law, the maximum penalty allowed is $250 per offense, but Maryland’s district court set the fine at $125 as an incentive for violators to pay it instead of challenging the ticket. County officials will ask the Maryland General Assembly to increase the maximum fine to $500, in an attempt to move the actual fine to $250.
The YOLO Walk Safe campaign includes posters with stark messages about the dangers of “distracted walking.”
Program promotes student pedestrian safety
December 4, 2014
The YOLO (“you only live once”) Walk Safe campaign alerts high school students of the dangers of “distracted walking” caused by texting and other activities.
Crash between 2 school buses kills bus aide, 2 students
December 4, 2014
The Knoxville (Tenn.) School District buses were traveling in opposite directions when one made a sharp left turn, crossed over a median, and struck the side of the other bus, which flipped onto its side. Two children and the aide were pronounced dead at the scene.
A major update to Ownersite’s vehicle maintenance management software solution includes a new interface and additional functionality.
Ownersite enhances fleet maintenance software
December 4, 2014
The update includes added functionality, such as manufacturer-recommended service intervals, vehicle archiving, management dashboards and mobile-friendly design.
A one-day survey earlier this year counted 3,153 stop-arm violations in North Carolina. (Pictured is a demonstration by state police during a past Operation Stop Arm campaign.)
Task force backs stop-arm cameras on North Carolina buses
December 3, 2014
The state attorney general wants to equip all public school buses in North Carolina with cameras to catch stop-arm violators, and his goal is gaining support.
Parking ordinance proposed by school bus driver sparks debate
December 2, 2014
Attleboro, Massachusetts, city councilor and school bus driver Heather Porreca proposed the ordinance on behalf of her colleagues to allow school bus drivers to park their buses at their homes between shifts. Opponents say it would give one group special privilege and that buses don’t belong in residential areas.
First Observer focuses on enhancing security across highway surface transportation modes, including school buses.
TSA re-launches First Observer security training
December 2, 2014
The training initiative to enhance security across highway surface transportation modes, including school buses, has been “re-tooled” and is back online.
Bus monitor accused of taping student’s mouth shut
December 2, 2014
The autistic student’s brother said the monitor, who worked for the Austin (Texas) Independent School District, did it because “he repeats a lot of stuff.” District police are investigating the alleged incident.
NHTSA investigates Graco’s handling of child seat recall
December 2, 2014
The agency aims to determine whether Graco failed to report a safety defect in a timely manner. The manufacturer eventually recalled more than 6 million defective car seats.
Driver, aide start Thanksgiving turkey drive for needy students
December 2, 2014
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) City Schools bus driver Vegas Cowart and her assistant Ed Arno started a drawing contest to give away turkeys to two students on their route. They got many more entries than expected and help from the transportation department and community, and ended up giving away more than 90 turkeys.
Tags: Tennessee
Alleged assault of special-needs teen settled for $13K
December 1, 2014
The lawsuit alleged that a school bus monitor in East Hartford, Connecticut, assaulted a 13-year-old girl with special needs, but town officials disputed the suit's account.
This wheelchair-accessible bus, which belongs to Horseshoe Bend School District, was set on fire last month. Photo by Idaho State Fire Marshal.
Idaho special-needs bus set on fire
December 1, 2014
The wheelchair-accessible bus, which was burned around 5 a.m. on Nov. 8, belongs to Horseshoe Bend School District. The bus is a total loss and the case is being treated as arson.
Driver admits leaving special-needs kids on bus in summer heat
December 1, 2014
Kimberly Moumblow, a school bus driver for Vernon (N.J.) Township School District, pleads guilty to cruelty and neglect of a child for leaving two students, ages 7 and 9, alone on a parked bus in July for about 45 minutes. Sentencing is anticipated for Jan. 16.
Police chief who passed school bus resigns
November 25, 2014
Fayette (Iowa) Police Chief Brad Gardner received a ticket for unlawful passing of a school bus on Nov. 4, was placed on leave, and resigned weeks later. It is not clear whether the ticket sparked the resignation or if there were other circumstances.

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