Pupil transportation providers, suppliers, and elected officials nationwide host press conferences, push school bus safety bills, and hold events to appreciate bus drivers.
Alyssa Shepherd is found guilty of three counts of felony reckless homicide, a felony count of criminal recklessness, and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus causing injury when the stop arm is extended.
Federal officials join pupil transporters in the nation’s capital to discuss fitness testing, fire suppression, seat belts, and other recommendations based on recent crashes, and share resources.
Stop-arm cameras, partnerships with law enforcement for increased traffic patrol, and public safety campaigns are just some of the measures school districts are taking to ensure the yellow bus is the safest mode of transportation for students. Lawmakers are also introducing several federal and state safety bills.
Lawmakers in the two states propose doubling fines and driver’s license suspension time periods on motorists who illegally pass school buses. An Ohio senator is also calling for stop-arm camera funding.
In response to National Transportation Safety Board findings in the fatal Iowa school bus fire in 2017, the state is looking at adopting new physical performance testing for drivers.
Lap-shoulder belts will be required on all new school buses ordered as of Oct. 2. Safety equipment such as a second stop arm, hand rails, exterior boarding lights, and fire-resistant crash barriers are also required.
Jennifer Love of New Jersey is pushing for legislation that would require all of the state’s special-needs buses to be equipped with video surveillance cameras and GPS systems.
As we continue to evolve school bus manufacturing, design, and equipment, let’s also evolve laws, penalties, and — most importantly — driver mindset, when it comes to careless and distracted driving around stopped school buses.
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.
Rick Sorrells, who led Dallas (Texas) County Schools before retiring in March 2017, is sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his role in the scheme, which caused the agency’s demise.
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.