NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 7, 2012

INDOT offers drivers school bus safety tips
South Bend Tribune
Drivers throughout northern Indiana, and across the country, will soon begin seeing the familiar yellow school buses on the roads as children return to school. Many children board school buses in the pre-dawn hours and it can be difficult for drivers to see them in the dark. Children are killed every year while getting on or off a school bus or while waiting at the bus stop. The following are some simple reminders for drivers.More

Distractions come naturally to teenage drivers
Distracted driving is a problem for all drivers, but teens are at higher risk. Yes, it's true that drivers under 25 are up to three times more likely to send text messages or emails while behind the wheel than older drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But there's a deeper problem: Teenagers are also at a developmental stage where getting distracted is more problematic than it is for older drivers.More

Start early: Addressing gender-based bullying in elementary school
The Huffington Post
Children learn the gender rules very young, and elementary schools are key sites for the construction and affirmation of culturally patterned gender relations. More

Highway grants keep Americans moving forward
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Each year, vehicles on America's highways travel more than 2.9 trillion miles. Trillion. That means our nation's roadways are handling an incredible load — they are helping us get where we need to go, and they are absolutely essential to our economic competitiveness. The critical role our highways serve also means we must do what we can to make them as safe and efficient as possible. And as you can see from the crews across the country widening lanes and building new bridges this summer, that's a lot of work.More

A glimpse of the alternative fuel future
The New York Times
While a variety of new fuel technologies are advancing, policy makers can be assured that the internal combustion engine will remain dominant for decades, the National Petroleum Council told the Department of Energy in a recent report. The report from the council, an advisory agency, was drawn up in response to requests from the department for counsel on how to accelerate the adoption of new fuels and technologies, from compressed natural gas to fuel cells to biofuels, between now and 2050. One of the nation’s biggest energy problems is that nearly all of its ground transportation fuel is derived from oil.More

App could help with distracted driving
United Press International
U.S. engineers say technology may be able to reduce accidents blamed on drivers who insist on talking or texting behind the wheel. With the threats of fines or jail time failing to cut down on distracted driving, researchers at Rutgers University have designed and tested a smartphone application that pinpoints where a cellphone user is sitting: on the driver's side or the passenger's side. More

Back to school safety
York News-Times
The beginning of the school year can be an exciting time for children. They look forward to seeing their friends, meeting their new teacher, learning new things and getting involved in new activities. Parents too are excited about this time of year. Besides having the concern that their child learn, parents often can be equally concerned that their child be safe. Use the following checklist from the National Safety Council as a way to teach your family safe habits.More

Auto-sales strength defies weak economy
Fleet Owner Magazine
Automakers have begun reporting their U.S. sales figures for July and the overall trend emerging is one of positive — if not robust for at several OEMs — increases from the same month a year ago. According to analyst Noel Perry, senior consultant with FTR Associates and principal of Transport Fundamentals, trucking is now benefitting from what he terms a "good" recovery under way for durable goods. He explained that much of the credit for that is owed "to the recovery in auto and light-truck sales — which are now in the 14-million [unit] range."More

School leaders favor bullying prevention plan, worry about expense
The Free Press
The list of "immediate and urgent" recommendations drafted by the Minnesota Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying are now in Gov. Mark Dayton's hands. And task force co-chair Walter Roberts says he hasn't received word on the timeline with regard to Dayton's plans for the recommendations, which first and foremost suggests repealing the current "weak statutes" related to bullying.More

Vendor spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight

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. Just click on the company logo to find out more. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Bergstrom Inc., Easy Way Safety Services and School Bus Fleet. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Bergstrom — designs and manufacturers cab climate systems for commercial trucks, off-highway machines, military vehicles and other specialty vehicles.

Easy Way Safety — provides safety vests and other child safety restraint systems for the retail marketplace.

School Bus — serving more than 24,000 school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada, this trade publication provides information on the management and maintenance of school bus fleets operated by public school districts, private schools, Head Start agencies and child care centers. More