NAPT MultiView News Brief
May. 1, 2012

Take a stunning look at every transportation route on Earth
Memeburn
Humans have always been a species on the move; it's why we have presences in all but the most inhospitable parts of the planet. But we're also a species that thrives on connections. That's why technologies that make it easier for us to stay connected tend to do so well. Those which fulfill both needs tend to do even better. More

NHTSA considers rules on car-to-car networking
The Detroit News
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the agency is considering new regulations in 2013 that could ultimately mandate "vehicle to vehicle" communication. Recently, at the SAE World Congress, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said such regulation could "create a baseline communication system" to help prevent traffic accidents.More

US ban sought on cellphone use while driving
Chicago Tribune
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently called for a federal law to ban talking on a cellphone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in the country. Tough federal legislation is the only way to deal with what he called a "national epidemic," he said at a distracted-driving summit in San Antonio, Texas, that drew doctors, advocates and government officials.More

Understanding motives behind teens' distracted driving
The New York Times
Many young drivers are in denial about their distracted driving tendencies. Girls are far more likely to engage in distracted behavior behind the wheel than boys. Parents often set bad examples. These are some findings of a nationwide survey on distracted driving, recently released at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.More

Victims of cyberbullying fight back in lawsuits
Education Week
When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus. So the 14-year-old girl, Alex Boston, is using a somewhat novel strategy to fight back: She's slapping her two classmates with a libel lawsuit. As states consider or pass cyberbullying laws in reaction to high-profile cases around the country, attorneys and experts say many of the laws aren't strong enough, and lawsuits such as this one are bound to become more commonplace.More

Bill will require EPA to consider costs of fuel regulations
Fleet Owner
A bill that directs the president to establish an interagency committee to study certain Environmental Protection Agency rules and actions that impact the price of diesel fuels and gasoline was recently introduced. The Gasoline Regulations Act ensures that the EPA considers the cumulative impact, including costs to consumers, before they issue a regulation that could lead to increased fuel prices.More

'Bully' filmmakers launch 'The Bully Project: 1 Million Kids' to get students free access to the film
BAM's Blog
The filmmakers of "Bully," a documentary distributed by The Weinstein Company, have announced the launch of "The Bully Project: 1 Million Kids," a collaborative national education initiative that fosters sustainable bullying prevention. The goal is to help inspire change in schools by providing free access to the movie in theaters within an educational framework. The program offers young people access to the film "Bully," currently showing in theaters nationwide, in a supportive, communal environment, by providing a safe space to experience and reflect on the stories in the film. Through "1 Million Kids," educators receive free materials and training focused on preventing bullying and promoting empathy.More

Gasoline prices continue to creep lower
Bloomberg Businessweek
Retail gasoline prices continued their surprising spring slide on April 26, dropping a penny to $3.83 per gallon. It's the 10th straight day of declines for the national average retail price. Pump prices are 4 cents lower than they were last year at this time.More

NAPT partners with Easter Seals 'Project ACTION' to bring travel training and transition guidance to school transportation professionals

Did you know?

NAPT is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with Easter Seals "Project ACTION" (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation), which is funded by the Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to provide training and technical assistance to service providers that transport people with disabilities, including school transportation service providers.

We will be co-sponsoring webinars, workshops and online courses as well as providing other practical information that will help you expand accessible transportation for people in your community of all ages with disabilities.

Stay tuned for additional information.More

NAPTV releases NEW infomercial

The masterminds of NAPTV have been creating some offbeat, thought-provoking "infomercials" sure to get your staff thinking, talking — and laughing! Click here to view the current episode. Stay tuned for more — coming soon!More

Remember to Take 25™
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1984 to serve as the nation's resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children, including child victims, as well as other professionals.

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year — more than 2,000 children every day. The national Take 25™ public awareness campaign, created by NCMEC, asks parents to take 25 minutes sometime during the month of May to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through National Missing Children's Day on May 25. The focus of Take 25™ is on prevention and provides those holding events in communities throughout the country with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters and engaging activities.

We encourage you to utilize the resources available from NCMEC to contribute to the Take 25™ program: attend an event, give your time, become a corporate partner or make a donation. For more information, please visit www.take25.org. More

Save the date for 'America's Best'
NAPT
Plans are now under way for the 9th Annual "America's Best" Competition. This year's search for "America's Best" school bus technician and school bus inspector is hosted by Cummins Engine and will take place Sept. 25-28, in Rocky Mount, N.C.

This contest is unique in that the competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop is limited to one inspector and one technician per state. All technical participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent maintenance and/or repair of school buses. All inspector participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Zonar Systems, The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and Voith. Delco Remy is offering scholarships to technicians that wish to participate. Hydrotex and Zonar offer scholarships that enable each winner to attend the NAPT Annual Summit. This year's summit takes place Oct. 20-25, in Memphis, Tenn.

For additional information, and to register for "America's Best," please visit the website: www.americasbesttech.org or their Facebook page. Please contact Marshall Casey with questions at MCASEY@ed.sc.gov. For more summit information, log on to www.napt.org/summit.More