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Oct. 14, 2009

Distracted Driving Summit, Making the Roads Safer for Everyone
from Mobile Messaging 2.0
Thanks to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the Distracted Driving Summit convened in Washington, D.C. and served as a platform for shared ideas and discussions about how to combat distracted driving. One of the biggest distractions while driving is cell phone use; in fact, it has been proven that texting while driving is actually worse than drinking while driving.More

Costs for Flu Hit School Districts
from Daily Press
Visual evidence of the H1N1 influenza threat is everywhere: Bottles of hand sanitizer line the counters at school offices. Teacher's aides regularly squirt preschoolers with it. School districts have acknowledged that they are currently seeing students and staff with flu-like symptoms much earlier in the school year. All have circulated the recommended precautions, stepped up cleaning of their facilities and posted information for parents on their Web sites.More

School Districts in Georgia Hire Out for Disciplinary Hearings
from Athens Banner-Herald
A husband-and-wife consulting team is freeing local school officials of one of their most unpleasant jobs - conducting student disciplinary hearings. Two Athens-area school systems in Georgia have decided this year to use a service that school officials say takes the pressure off of principals and gives them more time to focus on the business of running schools.More

Schools' Parking Fee Dents Loudoun Virginia Teens' Lifestyles
from The Washington Post
When Loudoun County high schools in Virginia raised the cost of parking permits from $25 to $200 this fall, students saw not only huge bills but also a blow against an inalienable right of suburban teenage life. Driving to school is a cherished rite of passage, and the parking permit is second only to the driver's license in the suburban teen's Declaration of Independence from Mom and Dad.More

Drivers Asked to 'Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm' During 43rd Annual National School Bus Safety Week
from Reuters
The American School Bus Council asks drivers of passenger vehicles to ensure the continued safety of school bus transportation with National School Bus Safety Week, October 19-23, and the 2009 theme, Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm. Educating parents about the proven safety of the school bus is another critical objective as a recent survey found that 49 percent of parents incorrectly believe a car driven by an adult is the safest mode of transportation to get students to and from school.More

State Looks for Way to Save School Transportation Funds
from Times Daily
The amount of money local school systems get from the state for buses and other transportation needs could change under a new Department of Education proposal.More

Obama Administration Promises Funds to Fight Youth Violence
from BET
As Chicago and the rest of the nation still grapples with the senseless death of Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old honor student brutally beaten to death as he headed to his school bus, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have vowed to get the federal government more involved in the fight against youth violence.More

Safety Agency Pursues Company Over School Bus Recall
from The New York Times
The failure of a New-York company to conduct safety recalls on hundreds of school buses has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to hold a hearing into what the agency considers the company's inaction and whether it tried to avoid its responsibility by switching names.More

Schools, CityBus Don't Wait for Tougher Federal Laws
from Journal & Courier
Next up, the administration says, a push to restrict the use of cell phones for train, truck and interstate bus operators. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he also wants a law that would disqualify school bus drivers convicted of texting while driving from keeping their commercial licenses.More

Report: WC19 - A Wheelchair Transportation Safety Standard? Experience to Date and Future Directions
from UMTRI via Science Direct
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released an updated report on Wheelchair Transportation Safety Standard. Data from 8 years of experience with WC19 indicate where changes are needed to further improve transportation safety for wheelchair-seated travelers.More

Report: An Evaluation of Graduated Driver Licensing Programs in North America
from UMTRI via Science Direct
A report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reveals all states identified some crash reduction among teen drivers following graduated driver licensing (GDL) program implementation. This positive effect was observed across different geographic regions, and with different GDL programs. Simple counts are down—fewer teens are experiencing crashes and becoming injured.More