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Oct. 20, 2009

Drivers Asked to "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm" During 43rd Annual National School Bus Safety Week
from American School Bus Council
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, Oct. 19-23, and the 2009 theme, Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm.More

Durbin Opens Door to Supporting Fuel-Tax Increase; Revenue Key to Moving House Bill
from AASHTO Journal
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., stated that he wants to see a transportation authorization bill completed by early next year and that raising the federal motor-fuels tax to pay for it must be considered by Congress. "We have to pay for it, and paying for it may mean an increase in the federal gas tax," Durbin said at a Tri-State Development Summit in Fairfield, Iowa.More

Mock Crash in Ohio Underscores Train, Bus Safety
from Newark Advocate
Ohio Operation Lifesaver partnered with Licking County emergency agencies to provide a grisly image of what can happen when school buses don't stop for trains.More

More Driver Distractions Ahead
from RCR Wireless News
The federal effort to ban texting/e-mailing and driving is common sense. It's not wise to read or write while driving a car. But it seems a little short-sighted to declare which applications are dangerous and which aren't. As vehicles and devices get smarter, the lines begin to blur on what is a good idea and what should be criminal.More

Administrators Embrace New Technology
from The Clanton Advertiser
Because students now are more likely to get in trouble for sending text messages in school than for shooting spitballs, school administrators must embrace new technology.More

New School Bus Offers Extra Safety Features
from The Wauneta Breeze
A 3-year-old preschool student was left alone on a bus for three hours after the bus driver had made his rounds. This recent incident could have been avoided and virtually impossible had they had the newest member of Wauneta-Palisade's bus fleet.More

Cost, Security Bumping Heads at Minnesota Schools
from Times Daily
A Minnesota St. Cloud school district budget shortfall has opened discussions about how many monitors and security officers are needed in the high schools and junior high schools. The proposal has principals concerned about reducing safety and supervision in the schools.More

Who is Responsible for Getting Kids to School: District or Parents?
from Dayton Daily News
Three registered sex offenders either live or work along the route Brian Glidden's 12-year-old daughter must pass when she walks from Springboro Intermediate School in the afternoons. Glidden believes this obstacle should have been reason enough to give his daughter an exemption from the school district's revised busing policy.More

Honda Bicycle Simulator
from ubergizmo
Honda's Bicycle Simulator will go on sale from February 2010 onwards, where it was specially manufactured in order to help out in the niche market of traffic safety education. More

Yellow Bus Can't Be Beat for Safety
from Desert News
Among the worst news bulletins anyone fears to hear are the ones that begin, "A bus carrying schoolkids today crashed."More

State Targets School Bus Emissions
from Greenville News
South Carolina is spending about $1.6 million over four years, mostly in federal money, to minimize harmful emissions from its aging school bus fleet of 5,000 that could affect the lungs of an estimated 300,000 students who ride them.More

Global Impositioning Systems
from The Walrus
Is GPS technology actually harming our sense of direction? The brain's navigational wiring doesn't just reflect our talent at getting from A to B; it also reflects the ways in which we perceive and interact with the world around us. As we enter the age of the global positioning system, neuroscientists are picking up some worrying signs about the changes that will occur as we grow accustomed to the brain-free navigation of the GPS era.More