|NAPT MultiView News Brief|
|April 5, 2011|
Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo winners announced
|Left front & back: First-place team: Jamie Magness & Andrea Gerth (Genessee ISD, Mich.)|
|Middle front & back: Second-place team: Shelley Johnson & Clayton Terry (Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Texas)|
|Right front & back: Third-place team: Edith Fairchild & George Sheely (Hays CISD, Texas)|
Tyler Davidson fountain: Cincinnati's most famous landmark
Also known as the "Genius of Water," the 43-foot-tall Tyler Davidson fountain sits at the center of 4th and Vine Streets in Fountain Square, Cincinnati. If you have ever watched CBS's WKRP in Cincinnati, you've seen the fountain in the opening credits.
Made of 24 tons of bronze and 85 tons of granite, the overall concept is to represent the practical uses of water. Remarkably, 500 gallons of fresh, non-chlorinated water flows from the fountain every minute. You'll be able to view the free-flowing fountain when you attend the NAPT Summit, as it is open from April through late November.
The fountain is a memorial to Tyler Davidson who was the business partner and brother-in-law of Henry Probasco. The latter traveled to Munich, commissioned artist Ferdinand von Miller to create the bronze and the artwork was dedicated in 1871.
Fountain Square is the nucleus of Cincinnati events and is home to offices, restaurants, shops, hotels and an ice skating rink.
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NAPT Summit reminders
Next camera battleground: School buses catching cars that don't stop
There's a good chance somewhere in Snohomish County, Wash., today a school bus will stop on a two-way street to let students off and a car will blow by, putting the lives of those youngsters in danger. At that moment, bus drivers can jot down the license plate and report it to police, but most are too busy trying to warn students not to cross. Now, a bill motoring through the legislature might help by allowing school buses to be equipped with automated cameras that snap pictures of the offending vehicle's license plate and forward them to law enforcement.More
NTSB chief: Technology could prevent bus accidents
The Associated Press via Google News
The technology exists to prevent many bus crashes and to make it more likely passengers will survive those that do occur, but government regulators have failed to implement safety recommendations that in some case stretch back decades, safety advocates recently told a Senate panel. "The technology does exist and it's important that it be applied to the vehicles most in need of it," National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said.More
House T&I Committee submits outline of next highway bill
As expected, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is looking to low-ball its version of the next long-term highway bill. The Committee recently submitted its outline to the House Budget Committee, and is calling for spending cuts, program streamlining and facility consolidation. It will reject the president's proposed $556 billion bill over six years. More
Alcohol detection devices could be option on new cars
Proposed federal funding for alcohol-detection devices could make them available as a new car option within 10 years, but some hope and others fret it will speed installation in every car. Legislation sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would redirect $60 million in highway safety money over five years to a government-industry research project developing a prototype alcohol-detection device for cars.More
US study: Radiation from airport scanners very low
Airport scanners are an "extremely low" source of radiation exposure that poses virtually no health risk, not even to frequent air travelers, U.S. researchers recently said. The study may help ease fears of uneasy travelers already spooked by reports of radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear plants in Japan.More
New smartphone app will block distracted driving but is it practical?
Recently, Sprint announced later this year it will offer a smartphone app, called Drive First, designed to minimize distracted driving. When activated, Drive First will lock the cellphone screen, redirect incoming calls to voice mail, block text-message alerts and automatically tell incoming texters that, we're sorry, but the number you are trying to reach is currently driving. The app will allow access to three emergency contacts and GPS navigation devices.More
Lifesavers Conference provides road safety leadership, acknowledges safety champions
Department of Transportation Fastlane
While the professionals at the Department of Transportation work hard every day to improve the safety of America's transportation systems, they don't do it alone. Countless other organizations across the country are working toward the same goal keeping you and your loved ones safe on our roads, rails and runways.More
President calls for cutting oil imports
Noting that international events have people thinking about energy safety and security, President Barack Obama recently called for slashing oil imports by one-third by 2025 as part of his administration's Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future. Saying there are no quick fixes, Obama echoed the message of alternative-energy advocate T. Boone Pickens when he said: "Richard Nixon talked about freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil. And every president since that time has talked about freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil. Politicians of every stripe have promised energy independence, but that promise has so far gone unmet."More
Happy motoring: Traffic deaths at 61-year low
The New York Times
It may not seem that way when some knucklehead speeds past you on the right, but driving is getting much, much safer: In 2010, the United States recorded the fewest traffic deaths in more than 60 years, according to federal data released recently. "Last year's drop in traffic fatalities is welcome news, and it proves that we can make a difference," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.More
School bus aides an extra pair of eyes and ears
Eastern Iowa Schools
The bus stops at Prairie Creek Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Driver Tammy Bell steps out to operate the wheelchair lift while Al Hale stays inside to help twins Nick and Gwen Johnson board the bus. Both Gwen and her brother have cerebral palsy. Hale is a bus aide, one of six employed by the school district. School districts often employ a small number of employees to serve as aides on buses that transport special needs students to and from schools.More