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Delaware Aide Killed in School Bus Crash

The bus driver apparently fails to remain stopped at a stop sign and collides with a van, police say. Bus aide Barbara Atkins is taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

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Retired school buses used to haul watermelons

Some Delaware farmers buy the buses and convert them to bring the crop from field to market during peak season in the summer. They remove the seats and side windows and sometimes cut off most of the roof to easily load and unload the fruit.

In Delaware, school bus driver seat belts are spec’d in fluorescent orange or green to make it easier for supervisors to see that their drivers are buckled.
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Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up

In a recent incident, a school bus driver who wasn't wearing his seat belt fell out of his seat and crashed into a garage. We know from occasional reports like this that some school bus drivers aren’t always buckling up. One tool that has proven to be helpful ...

Indian River (Del.) School District's tiered bus system will have new daily starting and ending times for several schools. The system is designed to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the implementation of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system.
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District to implement tiered bus scheduling system

Indian River (Del.) School District will implement new daily starting and ending times for several district schools. The district is trying to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the rollout of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system in recent years.

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Electric buses could save districts millions, study finds

The study, conducted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, examined the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that use vehicle-to-grid technology, discharging their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and getting paid for the service. Over 14 years, an electric bus fleet using the technology could save an estimated $38 million, according to the research.

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U.S. DOT unveils distracted driving campaign

The effort is the Department of Transportation's first-ever national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. Ads using the phrase “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” will run from April 7 to 15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.

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District changes procedures after 2 preschoolers left on buses

The Delaware district is investigating the separate incidents to determine why the district’s child-check procedures were not followed. New procedures have also been implemented to prevent future occurrences, including taking a roster of bus passengers that can be passed on to teachers for them to compare it against students who are in class.

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