Two drivers from a West Virginia district take the top spots in the conventional and small bus categories, while a California contestant comes in first in the transit category.
Lori Partee and Sandy James, both special-needs bus drivers for Henry County (Ga.) Schools, advance to next year’s National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.
Drivers and maintenance staff test their skills in the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association’s school bus roadeo and technician safety contests.
More than 90 school bus drivers from across the state will compete in the 39th edition of the event.
Eighty-six drivers from across the state take part in the 2015 Minnesota School Bus Roadeo, which tests competitors’ driving skills and their knowledge of school bus rules.
More than 100 drivers take part in the New York State School Bus Safety Competition. Winners are named in three categories, along with a Rookie of the Year.
The event, organized by the New York School Bus Contractors Association, will draw top drivers from around the state on Saturday.
Taking first in the 18th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo were school bus driver Lisa Gadway and attendant Greg McGoff.
Hillsborough County Public Schools will host the event on Feb. 28. It has been several years since a state school bus driver competition has been held in Florida.
At the 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted in Charleston, South Carolina, by the National School Transportation Association, three previous winners again take top spots: Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, in the conventional category; Russell Alitzer of Virginia, in the small bus category; and John Welsh of Pennsylvania, in the transit category.
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.
Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, takes her first top title in the Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O. Nearly 50 drivers from around the state competed.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association’s 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held May 17 in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and had more than 130 drivers, more than ever before. First-place winners included contestants from Suffolk Transportation Service Inc., Clarkstown Central School District and We Transport Inc./Towne Bus Corp.