NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 11, 2009

School Bus Seat Belt Study Enters Final Research Year
from Science Daily
The pilot study assessing the impact of the installation of lap and shoulder seat belts on a limited number of Alabama school buses is entering the final research year. The study will provide information about school buses with seat belts for possible adoption throughout the nation. More

Don't Rush to Close Schools for Swine Flu
from The Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Don't panic, schools. The government is urging school officials to stay calm when swine flu strikes this fall, closing buildings only in drastic cases and allowing sick students to return as soon as 24 hours after their fever is gone. More

Gifted Students in Pennsylvania School to be Taught Separately this Fall
Cumberland Valley School District in Pennsylvania is starting to get feedback on its plan to place third through fifth grade gifted students in separate classrooms this fall. It is taking the step after learning from a recent study that it had fallen short in helping hundreds of gifted students. More

Traffic Cameras Upheld in Louisiana
from The Advocate
A state judge has ruled that the city of Lafayette, La.ís, traffic-camera enforcement program is constitutional, city-parish attorneys recently announced. More

Iowa 911 Call Center Becomes First to Accept Texts
from USA Today
An emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to "911. Call centers around the country are looking at following in its footsteps, as phone calls are now just one of many things phones can do. More

Chicago Transit Authority Bans Workers from Using Phones
from NBC Chicago
"You're fired!" Those are the words any Chicago Transit Authority employee will hear if they're caught using a cell phone, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. More

Federal Railroad Administration Awards $1 Million Rail Safety Grant
from the U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo announced a $1,015,000 grant for Operation Lifesaver Inc. providing the Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit organization support to continue its wide-ranging public education outreach efforts to raise awareness about the potential hazards at grade crossings and the dangers of illegal trespassing on railroad property. More

Telematics Expert Warns Vehicle Tracking Industry Against Under Pricing
from Materials Handling World Magazine
With vehicle tracking currently available from as little as £0.25 per day, and a growing trend for pay as you go solutions, David Isom, managing director of V-SOL, warns that the industry is in danger of positioning itself as a low-cost business partner with no real value placed on the service and expertise it can offer. More

Fixing Detroit: How Far, How Fast, How Fuel Efficient
from the Transportation Research Institute
The Automotive Industry Crisis of 2009 is the worst the industry has ever experienced. This paper helps resolve the debate on how much and fast it should change and how it should it respond to demands for increased fuel efficiency. More

Trucking Group Supports Distracted Driving Summit
from Occupational Health & Safety
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood says he will "announce a list of concrete steps we will take to make drivers think twice about taking their eyes off the road for any reason" after next month's summit in Washington, D.C. More