Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools’ transportation department, also known as the “stop-arm singers,” recreate The Supremes’ famous “Stop in the Name of Love” — urging motorists to think twice before illegally passing a stopped school bus.
In May, the Lincoln Public Schools board of education agreed to purchase 12 new school buses, including seven that are wheelchair accessible, and two 84-passenger and two 72-passenger buses, according to the newspaper.
The board's decision came after its adoption of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendation to mandate lap-shoulder belts on all new school buses.
Liz Standish, the associate superintendent of business affairs for Lincoln Public Schools, told the Lincoln Journal Star that the district will “have a mix of seat belt configurations in our buses for many years to come,” and that the district believes “all of the buses are engineered to keep students safe.” Ryan Robley, the district’s director of transportation, added that each bus with lap-shoulder belts costs an additional $10,000 to $20,000. Despite the cost, the district said it plans to equip all of its new buses with lap-shoulder belts going forward, the newspaper reports.
Lincoln Public Schools currently transports about 3,600 of its students on school buses, and more than 90 of those buses have lap-shoulder belts, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
As SBF previously reported, Omaha Sen. Robert Hilkemann proposed several bills that would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses; however, the Lincoln Journal Star reports that none of his efforts have been successful, including Legislative Bill 634, which was introduced in January. The bill is currently in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, according to the state legislature's website.
Norman Miller, a driver with Lee County School District, stops his bus to extinguish a fire on the porch of a mobile home and rescue the family inside.
Heidi King’s last day as acting administrator of the regulatory agency will be Aug. 31. She will be replaced by James Owens, the U.S. DOT’s deputy general counsel.
House Rep. Robert Goforth pushes for legislation that would require school districts to purchase and install stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023.
Strongsville City Schools board agrees to install interior video surveillance cameras on most of its spare buses and those that are used for daily routes and field trips.
Jay Heilman, a bus driver with Pasco County (Fla.) Schools, is joined by other members of the district’s transportation staff as he details the trials and triumphs of pupil transportation in his own catchy version of Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Although we all agree that the motoring public needs to be more cautious, bus drivers can also help mitigate the number of dangerous incidents by following safe and consistent loading and unloading practices.
The NSTA president discusses how statistics reflect the degree to which school bus operators go above and beyond to provide safe student transportation.
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, founder of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute and Safety Rules, talks about the need to improve driver training, ways to curtail stop-arm running, and his take on some recent National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendations.
A California driver trainer details safe practices for loading and unloading. Those include executing steps consistently, practicing precise timing with lights and the door, and escorting students as they cross roadways.
Industry experts share advice for promoting proper sleep health, from monitoring driver hours to performing consistent wellness checks.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announces $380,000 in grant funding for increased traffic enforcement near school bus stops across the state and a judge requires stop-arm runners in one county to appear in court.
Sabine Konrad, driver instructor for Visalia Unified School District, demonstrates some key steps designed to boost safety when crossing students in the loading and unloading process use by the state.
The South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation is the first state association to commit to the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s “Zip. Zero. Nada. None.” Campaign. The campaign’s goal is to reach zero school bus rider fatalities by 2025.
The smart fleet management technology supplier’s downloadable guide provides motorists with information on how to drive safely around school buses.