NAPT MultiView News Brief
Nov. 9, 2010

Driven to distraction
WTOL
Once power windows and a sunroof were outstanding car options. Current new in-car technologies are truly amazing: a Mercedes that literally watches your eyes to see if you're about to doze off; a Volvo that will automatically hit the brakes if it senses you're about to run into the car in front of you. But are some of these new technologies too distracting? The NHTSA says all this technological multi-tasking is just enabling you to be even more productively distracted. Your hands are free, but your brain isn't.More

Traffic roundabouts: Coming to an intersection near you?
The Wall Street Journal
If waiting at red lights gets you agitated you may be happy to hear that safety experts are on your side, sort of. Many of them are promoting traffic roundabouts as alternatives to intersections with traffic lights. To some drivers, the best thing about roundabouts is that traffic generally keeps moving while going through them, so no red lights. Traffic safety groups including the Federal Highway Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and several state departments of transportation like the circular intersections because they are safer than traditional ones in which lines of traffic have to cross each other.More

IC Bus unveils AE Series Type A school bus
Automotive World
Navistar's IC Bus unit has unveiled its fully-integrated Type A school bus, the AE Series, in Portland, Ore. The OEM claims this to be the industry's first fully-integrated Type A bus designed for longer life cycle. "With the introduction of our new AE Series Type A school bus, we are now able to provide school bus operators and contractors with a complete portfolio of integrated buses that will meet the diverse needs of school districts across the country," said John McKinney, president, IC Bus.More

US added jobs last month for first time since May
The New York Times
The United States economy added 151,000 jobs in October, a welcome change after four months of job losses but still not enough to make a dent in unemployment. Private companies added 159,000 jobs in October. The month was much stronger than expected — most forecasts were for a gain of 60,000 jobs, 80,000 of which were from private employers.More

School buses test fingerprint scan
USA Today
School districts are turning to high-tech solutions — from fingerprint scans to electronic cards — to track kids on school buses and keep them from getting off at the wrong stops. The latest: A fingerprint scanning system. "Kids get lost. It happens in every school district, every year," says John DeVries, president of Global Biometrics Security, which developed the Biometric Observation Security System that's being tested.More

Police crack down on distracted driving
WMUR Manchester
Distracted driving is a problem linked to thousands of traffic deaths nationwide, and state police in New Hampshire are trying to crack down on the problem. The latest NHTSA data shows 16 percent of all drivers under age 20 who were involved in a fatal crash reported some type of distraction. The data also shows that drivers from 30 and 39 had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement in which distraction was reported in a fatal crash. The state of New Hampshire is one of several dozen states to recently ban texting and driving.More

New US DOT webinar announced on IntelliDrive applications for the environment
ITS America
Join U.S. DOT on Dec. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST for a webinar to introduce the AERIS program, a new multimodal U.S. DOT initiative that seeks to promote more environmentally friendly travel choices through the use of real-time transportation system data. AERIS is based on the IntelliDrive℠ vision of real-time, wireless communication among vehicles and infrastructure to promote safer and more efficient travel. The webinar will include an overview of the AERIS program and a discussion of emerging applications for cars, trucks and public transit that use real-time data to reduce emissions.More

Can K-12 dodge congressional gridlock?
Education Week
Now that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives and bolstered their minority in the U.S. Senate, it remains to be seen if education is one area of federal policy that can avoid the partisan stalemate that many observers predict will paralyze Washington for the next two years. Republicans and Democrats famously came together to pass the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. That law, the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, placed new accountability demands on schools and authorized more federal spending on education. But longtime Capitol Hill insiders are divided on whether the new Congress can replicate that spirit of bipartisanship on ESEA reauthorization and other K-12 priorities.More

From victim to mentor: Woman takes bullying story on the road
KLTV
A recently released study of more than 43,000 students by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics shows 47 percent of students admit to being bullied, teased or taunted in a way that seriously upset them within the past year. Nearly one in four students say they do not feel safe at school, according to the study, which gathered surveys from public and private high schools in 2009 and 2010. "If the saying, 'sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never harm me' was ever true, it certainly is not so today," said Michael Josephson, who founded the institute.More

Election likely to affect EPA litigation, judicial nominations
The New York Times
The repercussions of Republican successes the midterm elections are likely to be felt not just on Capitol Hill but also in courtrooms. Legal experts say the impact on environmental and energy issues will be seen both in ongoing litigation, including over the U.S. EPA's endangerment finding over greenhouse gases, as well as judicial nominations. House Republicans, now in the majority, are hoping to push legislation preventing EPA from regulating greenhouse gases while also frustrating the agency's attempts to pass new rules by conducting aggressive oversight hearings.More

What the newly elected Congress means for business
The Wall Street Journal
From trade to transportation to energy and environment, with a new Congress in place Americans could be seeing big changes across the board of business.More