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Cover Story - September 2012

Positive interactions encourage peaceful bus ride

By: Kelly Roher

While surveillance cameras and assigned seating can help in addressing student behavior problems on the school bus, officials say that getting to know passengers, handling discipline issues in a positive way and acknowledging proper bus etiquette are also effective ways to keep troublesome behavior at bay. Here, we share the specifics of several programs and initiatives based on these approaches.

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The C.E. White Co. offers a fully integrated Type 2 seat belt system in its seats with an adjustable D-ring, emergency locking retractors and locking tongue.

Buckle up: The latest in restraint systems

As the prevalence of lap-shoulder belts in buses grows, it is important for operations to consider the type of students they are transporting and the ability to upgrade to meet future safety standards before selecting a belt system.


Help cut summer overload

More than 60% of school bus production is tied to deliveries that will occur during about 25% of the year.

CrossingGuard is strategically placed on the exterior of a school bus to detect and capture stop-arm violations that occur while the school bus stop arm is extended. Installation is free for school districts and 100% violator funded.

New system automates stop-arm running enforcement

In light of the growing trend to install exterior cameras on school buses to help capture and deter illegal passing, American Traffic Solutions and AngelTrax partnered to create CrossingGuard. The progressive system can capture footage and process violations automatically, without driver interaction.

Photo by Wikipedia user Ed Poor.

Distracted driving: Can u c me now?

Don Ross of the School District of Manatee County (Fla.) discusses the problem of distracted driving and the impact it has had on his school district. Since January 2012, the district has experienced nine accidents involving other vehicles running into its school buses.

Author Jean Zimmerman (right) says physical therapists will teach transportation personnel how to protect their back and lift students safely when evacuating them from the bus.

Physical therapists are valuable resource for transportation

From providing information on disabilities and how they will impact the school bus ride to offering tips for proper wheelchair securement and evacuations, these individuals can greatly assist in safely transporting special-needs students. In the new school year, they should be involved in planning and training sessions.



Del City offers hydrometers to identify if acids or other solutions are at their proper levels, including a battery hydrometer, windshield washer hydrometer and antifreeze hydrometer.


Rechargeable LED work lamp

Philips Automotive Lighting North America’s new cordless rechargeable LED work lamp is designed specifically for automotive service shops and professional service technicians. The rechargeable LED work lamp delivers a very powerful, bright white light in a compact, portable and ergonomic design.


Buddy BX1500 dash camera

The Buddy BX1500 is a technically advanced, simple to operate dash camera for school buses. Using a high-resolution color camera at 30 frames per second, an internal 3-axis shock sensor and built-in GPS, the Buddy BX1500 allows users to record detailed data throughout every drive.


TP-18 vehicle lift

Mohawk’s TP-18 is a clear floor, above ground lift with two posts that is capable of raising a wide range of vehicles up to 18,000 lbs. It can be used for anything from light-duty passenger cars to 1 ton utility, work and service trucks.

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