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School bus fatally strikes pedestrian

According to a preliminary investigation, a 58-year-old woman was crossing a street in Derwood, Maryland, when a school bus making a left turn struck her.

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School bus dealer awards first scholarship

American Bus Sales and Service, which represents Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, chose Trinity Renee Mitchell for the award. Mitchell, a college student, comes from a family with a long history of providing school bus service.

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Maryland county urges higher stop-arm running fines

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.”
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Program promotes student pedestrian safety

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.

Two suspects stole an Anne-Arundel County (Md.) special-needs school bus, (pictured here), crashed it, broke the windows and attempted to set it on fire. 
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2 arrested for stealing special-needs school bus

The suspects allegedly stole the bus from a lot in Crownsville, Maryland, struck a tower with it, broke the windows, crashed it in the woods, and attempted to set it on fire before abandoning it. The suspects were apparently under the influence of alcohol and were looking for change to buy cigarettes, police say.

Dr. Linda Bluth has long been a key source of guidance on transporting students with disabilities.
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Linda Bluth retires, but keeps busy in transportation

Special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth has officially retired from her position at the Maryland State Department of Education, but a full schedule of speaking engagements, consulting work and other activities is keeping her plugged into the pupil transportation community.

Investigators found that Arturo Harris’ unattended bus — with four students on board — rolled down a hill toward an elementary school bus stop, where it struck a 6-year-old.
Photo by Prince George's County Police Department
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Driver in runaway bus case pleads guilty

A former school bus driver in Maryland whose unattended bus rolled into a small child in April pleads guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges. Prosecutors are asking that 61-year-old Arturo Harris be sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but 30 days, and three years of supervised probation.

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