NAPT MultiView News Brief
Mar. 6, 2012

Iowa Senate passes school bus safety measure
Omaha World-Herald
Kadyn Halverson's death could save another child's life. The 7-year-old rural Kensett, Iowa, girl died last May when a speeding driver failed to stop for her as she was crossing the road to get on her school bus. The Iowa Senate voted unanimously March 1, for a bill named after Kadyn that would beef up penalties on motorists who don't stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Legislative leaders predicted that the bill will be sent to Gov. Terry Branstad and signed into law. "I was thinking about Kadyn and how many children she's going to be helping with this," said Kadyn's mother, Kari Halverson, her tears flowing after witnessing the Senate's 47-0 passage of the legislation.More

School transportation systems security to become major concerns
Cincinnati Public Policy Examiner
Since Nov. 30, 2006, renewed attention with security on school transportation systems has become a major concern for the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. Security requirements now in place are limited to just the training on personal safety, parental custody issues, crimes (vandalism, theft and assault), hijackings and possession of dangerous materials or weapons.More

LaHood defends latest delay on rear camera rules
The Detroit News
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently defended the decision to delay finalizing a regulation that would require rear cameras in all vehicles by 2014. "We want to make sure we get it right," LaHood said in an interview with The Detroit News. Based on a recommendation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, LaHood said "We needed to gather some more data; we needed to look more carefully at what we were doing."More

Listen to Lady Gaga — be kind, stop bullying
CNN
Recently, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lady Gaga officially launched her Born This Way Foundation, which will inspire bravery and kindness in young people. As one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, Lady Gaga has repeatedly encouraged her fans to "be someone that nurtures." With her new foundation, she is poised to do much more.More

Preventing impaired and distracted driving
KTBS-TV
VideoBrief Some East Texas students are pledging to be better, safer drivers. College and high school students in Marshall got a chance to participate in real-life simulated courses on Feb. 29, which showed them what it feels like to drive while impaired or distracted. The Texas State Technical College Marshall Police Department along with the Residential Housing Association presented "Driving Distracted." The goal was to show students the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.More

The American bus revival
BBC News
Motor coaches are the fastest growing form of long-distance transport in the United States, and British-owned companies are leading the charge. So has the U.S. finally learned to love the bus?More

Transportation enhancements mean greater safety for all users of America's roads
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "The 70-degree weather here in Washington, D.C., has many residents of our nation's capital thinking about spring. A quick look at area streets reveals many bicyclists and pedestrians reveling in this temporary reprieve from winter, but across America, millions of bicyclists and pedestrians use our country's streets year-round. And DOT wants to ensure that our transportation system continues to serve these users — as well as motorists, transit riders, air travelers, rail passengers and shippers."More

Event showcases new clean diesel technology
Fleet Owner
In an event designed to showcase the major advances in clean diesel technology spurred largely due to stringent emissions standards and regulations established by the state of California and its Air Resources Board, diesel industry and CARB officials held a press conference Feb. 29, to highlight the key policies and events that led to the transformation of "clean diesel" technology.More

Survey: Wired world to be boon, bane for Generation Y
Reuters via Yahoo News
There is a good chance young people growing up in today's always-wired world will eventually become bright, nimble decision makers — if they don't wind up intellectual lightweights unable to concentrate long enough to chew over a good book. So say 1,021 technology insiders, critics and students surveyed by the Pew Research Center who were fairly evenly split about how always-on technology will impact the teenagers and 20-somethings of "Generation Y."More

Vendor Spotlight: When you're on the spot, come to the spotlight
NAPT
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight three of our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. All you need to do is click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured on our website under "Business Partner in the Spotlight" through March 19, are the following businesses: Awash Systems Corp., Hydrotex® and Weldon, A Division of Akron Brass. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services offered by these companies.

Please feel free to visit our web site anytime, www.napt.org, and check out the featured scrolling logo posted near the bottom left hand side of the home page. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

Awash Systems Corp. — www.awashsystems.com provides large vehicle wash systems, waste water treatment and wash bay designs; Hydrotex — www.hydrotexlube.com manufactures and distributes high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions; and Weldon, A Division of Akron Brass — www.weldoninc.com supplies life safety products and services to its global customers.More

Our newest graduates of The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program
NAPT
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts. The program has a core curriculum that consists of 6 special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by 2 courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

We're delighted to announce the latest graduates of the SNT Training Program:

Jean Zimmerman, Palm Beach County Schools, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jeffrey A. Finfrock, Student Transportation of America, Carnegie, Pa.
Tami Lynn Cooper, Student Transportation of America, Goleta, Calif.
Dona Marie Beauchea, First Group America, Cincinnati, Ohio
Barry Sudduth, CDPT, Prince William County Schools, Bristow, Va.
Joy E. Winnie, CDPT, Northampton Public Schools, Northampton, Mass.
David A. Weissman, Lexington/Richland School District #5, Irmo, S.C.
Karen J. Holstein, Klein ISD, Klein, Texas
Debbie Jones, Columbia-Brazoria ISD, West Columbia, Texas
Cindy Cain, First Canada, Burlington, Ontario
Kathleen A. Furneaux, CDPT, CPTDI; PTSI, East Syracuse, N.Y.

For more information, please visit our website at www.napt.org or contact Brianne Peck at 800-989-6278.More

NAPT announces group pricing — connect your entire staff!
NAPT
John F. Kennedy once said, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." We couldn't agree more. As a result, the NAPT Board has created a way to give everyone even more affordable access to the entire array of NAPT member benefits. Our new Group Pricing model makes the link between leadership and learning even stronger for everyone in your organization. Save time and money with these opportunities for drivers, driver trainers and office staff. More

Save the date! 15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
NAPT
March 9-11, 2012, Orlando, Fla.
The Roadeo is co-administered by Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation, and held in conjunction with the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Visit www.eduprogroup.com for additional information. More