Sen. Robert Hilkemann introduces one bill that would require school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts, and another that would prohibit use of wireless communication devices by school bus drivers.
The agency’s updated list of safety improvement goals comes as federal statistics show an increase in U.S. traffic fatalities.
Passengers can easily capture drivers’ actions on smartphones and post them online for anyone to see. That’s all the more reason to maintain a professional manner and follow proper procedures at all times.
The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015 — a 7.2% increase compared to the previous year, according to federal data.
Stephanie Boyd of New Hampshire faces years in prison for a collision last year in which she downloaded an app on her phone while driving and crashed into a tree. Three students were injured.
Under a new state law, school bus drivers who use portable electronic devices at the wheel face a 30-day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
The California Association of School Transportation Officials stressed how critical student transportation professionals are to the state in its annual conference in San Diego.
Prosecutors say the decision not to file criminal charges against Christine Beeler was based on factors such as absence of impairment of the driver and video of the incident.
A police report states that bus driver Christine Beeler left the driver’s seat without engaging the parking brake, causing the bus to roll forward. The report also states that Beeler was “distracted,” but does not indicate what took her attention away from her duties.
The Tennessee bill, prompted by a fatal crash in Knoxville, would toughen penalties for school bus drivers who use an electronic device while driving or loading students.
Occupant protection, distraction and fatigue are other key issues addressed in the National Transportation Safety Board’s list for 2016.
News stories that attracted the most traffic on Schoolbusfleet.com this year covered such topics as student tracking, school bus passing and a new stop-arm extender.
An investigation by New York State Police and school district officials leads to the bus driver being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.