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Fire prompts aide, drivers to distribute smoke detectors

Two children in West Virginia died in the fire in their home on Oct. 21. In response, a bus aide and a group of drivers, with the help of the Logan City Fire Department, give out hundreds of free smoke detectors to grade-school children who ride Logan County buses.

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School bus hits black bear

The driver is reportedly starting his morning route when the incident occurs. No children are on the bus, and no one is injured, but the bear is later found and euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.

Newly posted to the SBF video section is this footage of a motorist in West Virginia passing a school bus on the right side. To view it, go here.
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Stop-arm sweep ends with 7 citations

West Virginia state troopers tag along on school bus routes with stop-arm running problems during National School Bus Safety Week. On more than half of the targeted routes, violators receive tickets and fines.

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W.Va. adds propane as option for school buses

State director Ben Shew tells SBF that propane’s price and its availability in West Virginia are key factors in school districts’ interest in the alternative fuel. He says that switching to propane could save more than $3,100 in fuel costs annually per bus.

Footage of an illegal passer nearly striking a West Virginia boy is being used for public education and driver training.
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Bus stop near-miss makes for powerful lesson

Footage of an illegal passer nearly striking a West Virginia boy leaving his school bus is being used for public education and driver training. And the state has a variety of other initiatives that are helping to crack down on stop-arm running.

Dr. Duane Dobbert, a criminal forensics studies professor, presented his “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators” program at the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation State School Transportation Conference in July.
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Program instructs on sexual predator awareness

In “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators,” Dr. Duane Dobbert explains different types of sexual disorders and how to identify people who are afflicted with them. The program, which Dobbert recently taught to a group in West Virginia, has been endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security.

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West Virginia cracks down on stop-arm runners

A new state law increases penalties for motorists who pass stopped school buses. It was prompted by the death of 6-year-old Haven McCarthy, who was hit by a passing vehicle as she got off her bus.

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