NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jun. 5, 2012

Can teens prevent friends from texting and driving?
Chicago Tribune
Driving with a car full of friends has long been considered a dangerous distraction, but a new survey from Consumer Reports suggests the presence of peers could at least encourage more young drivers to put down their cellphones. In a survey of more than 1,000 16- to 21-year-olds last year, 47 percent said they drive while talking on a cellphone (not hands-free) and 27 percent said they text while driving, even though respondents overwhelmingly said they're concerned about distracted driving as a safety risk.More

Retiring school bus driver's smile has greeted University Place students since the early 1970s
The News Tribune
She will miss the kids and the camaraderie of her co-workers. But most of all, Maureen Davis will miss Bus No. 37. "It's my bus," the University Place resident says of the yellow Chevy that has been her baby for five or six years. "I hate to leave it."More

Federal officials shut down 26 bus operators
The New York Times
Federal transportation officials citing serious safety concerns recently announced they had ordered the shutdown of 26 bus operators, many of them based in Chinatown and offering inexpensive rides along the East Coast to thousands of passengers a day. In addition, 10 bus company owners, managers and employees were forced to cease all passenger transportation operations, including selling tickets, according to transportation officials who called it the biggest crackdown in the history of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.More

Telematics, regulation and driver distraction
Telematics Update
As consumers increase their use of technologies in cars, and as the auto industry integrates more connected solutions into vehicles, the need for regulation is becoming clearer. But what regulation looks like and how it views in-car connectivity is still very much up for debate.More

Fighting bullying: Make children 'bullyproof' by teaching social and emotional skills
The Huffington Post
Teaching children to become "bullyproof" is all the rage. Books, videos and websites promise to show parents how to protect their children from being bullied; school districts are buying curricula with names like "Bully-Proofing Your School," a well-regarded program used in thousands of classrooms. But can you really make a child invulnerable to getting picked on? And even if you could, should the burden really be on potential victims to learn these skills, rather than on punishing or reforming the bullies?More

Educators who use technology on their own are more likely to support education technology
eSchool News
A new report reveals it's not just students who love using 21st-century technology; it's many of the adults in education, too — and the adults are translating this love into classroom practice. According to the ninth annual "Speak Up" survey, facilitated by the nonprofit group Project Tomorrow and supported by numerous companies, education associations, and think tanks, while only 46 percent of all Americans report using a smartphone, more than 70 percent of school principals and district administrators use these always-connected devices, making them early adopters of technology their students crave.More

New technology may reduce TSA pat-down searches in US airports
Los Angeles Times
The federal government says it has plans to use advanced technology to dramatically reduce the number of pat-down searches performed at the nation's airports. The Department of Homeland Security recently put out a request for technology companies to come up with a hand-held scanning device that can be used instead of pat-down searches on passengers who set off alarms on full-body scanners.More

US west coast 'electric highway' reaches Canada
Energy Efficiency News
An "electric highway" for electric vehicles, which will one day span the length of the U.S. west coast, has moved a step closer with 10 new charging points on major routes near the Canadian border. The latest charging stations from AeroVironment along Interstate 5, which runs from the Mexican to Canadian borders through California, Oregon and Washington, and US Route 2 will now allow electric car drivers to travel from Seattle to the Canadian border in confidence.More

Graduated licensing is credited for declining death rate among teenage drivers
The New York Times
In news that ought to relieve parents, the death rate of teenage drivers has fallen steadily and dramatically in the United States since 1996, when states began enacting graduated driver licensing laws. Analysis of the death rate was recently performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its affiliate organization, the Highway Loss Data Institute.More

Schools and students clash over use of technology
When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more apparent — and more divisive. Students want more control over how they use technology in school, but many classrooms are still making it difficult. That's according to the most recent Speak Up 2011 report, "Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey," which reflects the views of more than 416,000 K-12 students, parents and educators nationwide surveyed on how technology can enhance the learning environment.More

NAPT announces 2012 scholarship opportunities

Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board Past-President, Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman, are offering two field trip grants this year. While priority will be given to students whose schools reside in the core Appalachian states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. Log on to for more information.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration to NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 20-25 in Memphis, Tenn. The application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 14. Log on to for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
Zonar 10 — We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2012 NAPT Annual Summit in Memphis, Tenn. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members — Zonar will include the cost of NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 14. Log on to for more information.

Zonar $50,000 Equipment Grant
NAPT and Zonar are jointly sponsoring a $50,000 grant competition, for state of the art, fleet management technology that will enhance a school district's safety security and efficiency. NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for a single award or multiple awards of $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar Systems Inc. The filing deadline is Sept. 14 to NAPT. Log on to for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at

Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Grant
Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. The application deadline is Sept. 4. Log on to for more information.More

NAPT Awards Program

The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

Driver Trainer Award sponsored by IC Corporation — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Heroism Award sponsored by Blue Bird — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information: