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.
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The Maine student is preparing to get on the bus when he is struck by the vehicle. Police say the bus's flashing lights were not activated at the time of the incident.
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.
Regional School Unit 57 adds the extra-long stop arms to nine of its buses, which run on routes with heavy commuter traffic.
Hudson Bus Lines teams up with the Travis Mills Foundation on a “Plane Pull” event to raise the funds for a retreat for veterans and their families.
Jan Jordan of Maine receives an outpouring of support from other daycare owners and community members after advocating for a flashing sign to improve school bus stop safety for the students she serves.
While many students used to return to class right after Labor Day, some now embark on a new school year as early as late July. That means getting preparation plans solidified even earlier to take the stress out of that school-start kickoff.
Adam Mayo, transportation director for Maine School Administrative District No. 75, discusses driver shortage, getting involved in the legislation process, and heading up the Maine Association for Pupil Transportation.
Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 166, which allows the use of stop-arm and exterior cameras to catch motorists who run stop arms. It also maintains a $250 minimum fine for a first-time stop-arm violation.
LD 1641 would allow public school bus drivers to collect unemployment benefits during the summer. It also would award training grants to school districts.
Jayce Holt, 6, is riding his bicycle along the road toward an intersection, likely doesn’t realize the bus is turning, and brakes too late. He falls into the intersection and gets hit by the bus.
Legislators have been considering multiple school bus safety bills over the last couple months, and are calling for revisions to those that address stop-arm violations with different tactics.