NAPT MultiView News Brief
Oct. 15, 2013

Are anti-bullying programs having an opposite effect?
CBS Dallas News
A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message. It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states. He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.More

School bus inspections underway
School bus inspections are underway in Putnam County, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol helping to make sure children are safe while riding to school and back home again. "Safety is the main purpose of it all," said Trooper Darryl Winningham, who is in charge of the annual state-required inspections in the 15-county district. "Just for the children's safety." The inspections recently started and will continue through Oct. 25, inspecting all 60 of the county's school buses from top to bottom — from wheel kingpins and bearings to the fire extinguisher and first aid kit.More

What the federal government shutdown means for the next transportation bill
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
After Congress and the President were unable to agree on a deal to continue funding for federal agencies and programs through the annual appropriations process, the federal government was shut down and non-essential employees were sent home. The disagreement has extended to include the federal debt limit, which Congress must raise by mid-October or risk the federal government defaulting on its obligations. The shutdown has short-term and long-term consequences for transportation.More

Student transport report: Improvements, laws have made school buses safer
The Journal News
Strict industry regulations, especially for bus drivers, and vehicle improvements since the 1970s have made school buses safer than ever, experts and educators say. "School buses are the single safest form of transportation that exists," said Rochelle O'Mara, transportation director for the Croton-Harmon schools. "New York is a leader in the field. Our laws for school bus drivers, bus inspections and more are the most stringent in the country."More

Talk to your child about bullying
The Huffington Post
"They're just words." "It'll only make you stronger." "Just ignore it." Chances are, these are the messages your child has received about bullying. But for many children, bullying is a reality they experience regularly. Three out of four parents say their child will likely witness a bullying incident at school. So how do we empower these children? The first and most important step is talking to them and making sure the messages they receive about bullying are the right kind. More

Thousands of children injured yearly in school bus accidents
More than 23 million children ride buses to their elementary and secondary schools each year in the United States. The school bus transportation system is one of the largest and safest public transit systems in the country.More

Stop arms: Why do motorists ignore them?
By Jack Webber
All of the school buses that I have had the pleasure of driving have had some sort of stop arm attached — some even have two — so why is it that the most common line heard when I report a stop arm violation is "I didn't see you there"?More

Budget decision: Blount County Schools suspends bus service
Knoxville News Sentinel
While Blount County Schools in Tennessee were open for classes this past Friday, students who normally ride the bus had to find an alternative way to get to school.More

Sacramento, California-area school buses go high-tech
The Sacramento Bee
Within weeks, nearly 2,000 students boarding buses in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District will be able to swipe a card over a bar-code reader that is linked to GPS tracking. With that one action, the students on any of the district's 78 buses will enter a new age of security tracking. Each swipe will tell the school district — and, ultimately, inquiring parents — where and when a child got on or off the school bus. More

Share your expertise with others
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Florida mom calls for school bus driver CPR training
Orlando Sentinel via EMS World
Quetcy Morales hasn't always worried about her only child having a medical emergency on the school bus. But, once she had two sons. Last spring the older one collapsed on an Orange County school bus on his way home and died three days later. Now Morales is going door to door, asking neighbors to join her push to train the county's school bus drivers in CPR. "It's too late for my son," said Morales. "There are other people's kids who get on this bus. How are they ensuring their safety?"More

This anti-distracted driving car automatically slows down when the driver isn't focused
Fast Company
Nothing kills people on the roads faster than drivers not paying attention. Cellphones. Tiredness. Fiddling with the dials. Negotiating with the children. They're all dangerous. To dramatize these hazards, road safety researchers from Australia have created an "attention-powered car" — a vehicle that slows to a crawl when drivers get distracted. In an experiment, they fitted volunteers with a 14-point headset to monitor brain activity. When the equipment showed the person was being inattentive, software would override the car's accelerator, slowing its speed. When the subject regained his focus, the car would start moving normally again.More