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FMCSA updates to medical certification, training explained

In the session “Understanding Medical DOT and Fit for Duty Requirements,” NAPT attendees were brought up to speed on new criteria for medical examiners, driver training and drug and alcohol testing, as well as changes in how some cases of diabetes and sleep apnea are handled.

Thirty-two students were on the bus at the time of the crash and two suffered minor injuries. The bus driver is facing a charge for running a stop sign during the accident. Photo by Darlington County Sheriff's Office. 
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Driver falls asleep, crashes school bus into mobile home

Lakeisha Graham-Martin, who works for Darlington County (S.C.) School District, is facing a charge for running a stop sign during the accident, and the district has placed her on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash. Thirty-two students were on board at the time, and a couple of them had minor injuries.

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Site of fatal school bus crash converted to traffic circle

The intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., where one student was killed and 17 others were injured when a dump truck struck their school bus in 2012, was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign. There were 15 accidents at the intersection between 2007 and 2011, but investigators determined that, based on the bus’s position, the layout of the intersection did not contribute to the 2012 accident.

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Sleep apnea bill passes House, NASDPTS adds support

The House unanimously passes the bipartisan bill that aims to prevent the FMCSA from issuing guidance on sleep apnea testing for commercial drivers without a formal rulemaking. The state directors association joins NSTA and other groups in advocating for the legislation, which the Senate will now consider.

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State directors: NTSB findings will be 'roadmap' for enhancing safety

NASDPTS says that the federal agency's investigation of the Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash pointed out a number of student transportation concerns, including driver fatigue and medications. Also, NASDPTS says that the findings reinforce the association's support of lap-shoulder belts for school buses, as long as funding is made available for them.

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NTSB official highlights dangers of driver fatigue

While the “spring forward” clock change creates a national sleep debt and leads to a spike in auto crashes, driver fatigue is a “life-threatening concern” at all times of the year, Mark Rosekind writes in a National Transportation Safety Board blog post.

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NTSB calls for speed limiters on trucks, buses

In response to last year's motorcoach crash in New York City that killed 15 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all new heavy vehicles be equipped with advanced speed-limiting technology.

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Poll probes transportation workers' sleep issues

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.'"

Footage from an onboard recorder shows a school bus turning into the path of an oncoming car. The bus driver was charged with homicide by vehicle in the crash, which killed the passenger of the car and injured others.
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Bus driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide

District attorney says Pennsylvania school bus driver was driving “in an extremely reckless manner” when his bus struck a car, killing the passenger. The driver was also reportedly responsible for a non-bus related fatal crash in 1999. Watch footage from the February incident here.

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NTSB calls for steps to prevent fatigue accidents

Human fatigue was the probable cause of the fatal crash of a tractor-trailer and a motorcoach carrying high school students in Wisconsin in 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.

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