NAPT MultiView News Brief
Oct. 4, 2011

Don't miss this NAPT special keynote presentation
Join us on Monday, Oct. 24, from 10:15-11:45 a.m. for a riveting and inspiring session with Jessica Brookshire, a dedicated grad student, deferring law school to promote the tenets of K.A.R.M.A: Kids Against Ridicule Meanness and Aggression. More than an acronym, K.A.R.M.A. is a crusade to end bullying in school-age children across the nation. Jessica will share her story and her passion with you.

Brookshire holds a master's degree in Hispanic studies, and a bachelor's degree in international trade and Spanish, both from Auburn University. While attending Auburn, she also served as a senator on the Graduate Student Council.

Brookshire became involved in the Miss America Organization, competing in the Miss Alabama pageant in 2009. K.A.R.M.A. became her chosen platform community service project, and has been widely recognized for her efforts. She won the coveted Catherine Crosby Community Service Award at both the 2010 and the 2011 Miss Alabama Pageants; the Miss America Community Service Award in 2011; and previously the 2010 Miracle Maker Award for her fundraising supporting the Children's Miracle Network.

Brookshire and K.A.R.M.A have appeared at schools across Alabama and Georgia, speaking to more than 85,000 children in just two years. She has interviewed on local media stations all over Alabama, and K.A.R.M.A. received national attention when she appeared on Fox News' The Mike Huckabee Show in New York City. Brookshire is an expert panelist on CNN's "HLN Prime News." She asserts, "Beginning with a grassroots effort in Alabama schools, it is my dream that one day we will see a generation of children who encourage and help one another rather than tear each other down with words."More

The search is over for America's best!
NAPT's eighth annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector is now over!

The winners of the 2011 America's Best Tech/Inspect competition are:

1st — Alan Fidler, Ind.
2nd — Ralph Trango, N.C.
3rd — Chris Hodges, Utah

1st — Jack Defibaugh, W.Va.
2nd — Jeff Pihl, Colo.
3rd — Scott Bettinger, Texas

This unique contest features a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop was limited to one inspector and one technician per state. The participants for the technician portion consisted of employees working in positions that require the regular maintenance or repair of school buses. While all inspector participants had to 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, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems, and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The winners of the "Americas' Best" competition have won scholarships to attend the Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony.More

Bad traffic congestion can be a good sign for jobs
USA Today
The nation's capital is the most congested metropolitan area in the USA, a new report says. Instead of cursing the rush-hour gridlock, residents of Washington and its suburbs might conclude that their commute is so bad mainly because their city is better off economically than most.More

Education innovation: What it is and why we need more of it
Sputnik via Education Week
Whether for reasons of economic growth, competitiveness, social justice or return on taxpayer investment, there is little rational argument over the need for significant improvement in U.S. educational outcomes. Further, it is irrefutable that the country has made limited improvement on most educational outcomes over the last several decades, especially when considered in the context of the increased investment over the same period.More

FMCSA motorcoach summit laser — focused on passenger safety
Department of Transportation Fastlane
When Americans board a bus or motorcoach, they should be able to expect a few basic things. The driver should be a licensed professional; the bus should be mechanically sound, and the company should take passenger safety seriously. Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a National Motorcoach Safety Summit to make sure bus operators take steps to live up to those basic expectations.More

New law allows traffic cameras on school buses
Seattle Post Intelligencer
If the flashing lights and swinging stop sign on a school bus aren't enough to make you brake for children, maybe an automated $394 camera ticket will do it. Washington school officials are getting ready to implement a new law passed this year that lets school districts install traffic cameras on school buses. That's to catch violators who illegally pass a school bus with flashing lights on and its "stop paddle" out.More

Diesel has key role in US economy
San Francisco Chronicle
The diesel engine industry will play a vital role in helping the U.S. economy grow and recover from its slowdown, an industry group recently predicted. Diesel-fuel refiners, servicers and engine and technology manufacturers contributed $480 billion to the U.S. economy in 2009 and supported 1.25 million jobs, an industry report contended. Those numbers will grow as tougher U.S. fuel standards lead manufacturers to make more vehicles that run on diesel, said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit educational group of diesel-industry companies.More

Move over, mom: Dad's becoming the car pool king
As children across America head back to school, a new survey commissioned by Chevrolet finds that many fathers in America are taking more of an active role in before-and after-school carpooling duties, with utility vehicles the preferred choice of dads over minivans.More

Car safety tips: 6 ideas for how to reduce your risk while on the road
Mother Nature Network
Driving a car becomes so automatic after a while, it's easy to let safety fall through the cracks. But even if you've never been in an accident before, you shouldn't lull yourself into a false sense of security, failing to perform basic safety precautions that could save your own life, or those of your passengers, in a collision.More

Bus safety alarm insures no child left behind
A toddler left alone in a day care van for hours died, but an alarm system might have prevented the tragedy. An inexpensive device called Child Check-Mate is installed in yellow school buses and vans in at least 70 school districts across Massachusetts. TLC school transportation said the device has made its vans safer.More

Report: Vehicle fuel should be the priority, not electricity
Green Blog via The New York Times
Research on solar and wind power is all well and good, but a self-assessment by the Department of Energy has found that in the great scheme of energy needs, the government is not investing enough in transportation energy, an area in which those renewable power sources do not play a role.More

Poll: Young people say 'digital abuse' pervasive
USA Today
A new Associated Press-MTV poll of youth in their teens and early 20s finds that most of them have been the target of some type of online taunting, harassment or bullying, a slight increase over just two years ago. A third say they've been involved in "sexting." Among those in a relationship, 4 out of 10 say their partners have used computers or cellphones to abuse or control them. Three-fourths of the young people said they consider these darker aspects of the online world, sometimes broadly called "digital abuse," a serious problem. They're not the only ones.More

Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot driver clinics test how drivers get along with innovative safety technology
Department of Transportation Fastlane
With Connected Vehicles, cars, trucks and buses are equipped with devices that communicate with other vehicles on the road. The technology warns drivers of nearby hazards, such as an impending collision, a vehicle approaching in a driver's blind spot, or an unsafe lane change. But unlike a cellphone or radio, these devices do not pose a distraction; drivers only become aware of the safety application when they are in potential danger.More