NAPT MultiView News Brief
Dec. 11, 2012

Memphis presentations now available on the NAPT website
NAPT
Several presentations have been placed on our website for your follow-up needs. And, whether you attended or not, you may access them by simply going to the Annual Summit tab on the NAPT website. Once there, you may click on 2012 NAPT Summit Post-Con Docs and you may log in and view sessions on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: distracted driving, fleet services, bullying and training. Thank you to all of our speakers for sharing their insights.More

New First Observer Program operational procedures and policies
HMS Company
The HMS Company, who has administered this program since September 2008, has not received subsequent funding beyond Nov. 30. Regretfully, the HMS program support has come to an end. As such, it is necessary for us to implement new operating procedures until the program has been funded again by TSA.

Please note the following, effective Dec. 1:

TSA has informed and assured us that the program will be active again in the near future.

It has been our honor and privilege to administer this program on behalf of TSA. We believe that collectively with your support, we have made a difference in the fight against terrorism.

Should you have any questions, please direct them to: FirstObserver@tsa.dhs.gov.

On behalf of Team HMS, thank you for your support!More

NHTSA gets White House OK to mandate vehicle 'black boxes'
The Detroit News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles. In a notice posted Dec. 6, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA to publish its final regulation. Nearly all vehicles currently have the devices.More

Bus a vehicle to urge students to choose school, not prison
Anderson Independent Mail
Recently, a school bus of a different stripe idled in front of Crescent High School in Iva, S.C. The first half looked like a typical yellow school bus. But the rest was painted a dull white, the color of prison buses in Alabama. Inside, eight 11th-grade girls sat listening to Chet Pennock tell them why they need to stay in school. Reason No. 1 is to avoid prison.More

Making some NOYS on distracted driving: Teen summit empowers student leaders to take action
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
The National Organizations for Youth Safety, a national youth health and safety coalition, is committed to promoting youth empowerment and building partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries and promote healthy lifestyles. And for the last several years, NOYS and its youth leaders have been leading the charge to help teens get the message that cellphones and driving don't mix. More

A decline in citations proves school bus cameras are working
The Marietta Daily Journal
American Traffic Solutions has issued 258 citations in the last month to drivers who have been caught on camera driving around Cobb, Ga., school buses when the stop arm is out. School district staff say the cameras are making a difference. "Bus drivers really feel like the cameras and awareness have deterred and educated the motorists of our safety and the dangers that were involved in them passing our buses," said Connie Cristy, the district's transportation field coordinator.More

A parent's role in bullying
The Huffington Post
It's no secret that the hallways of our high schools today are dangerous places. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 32 percent of 12- to 18-year-old students say they have been bullied at school. Many parents ask, "How do we deal with bullies in our high school?" The following are a few things parents should know about bullying that are often overlooked by the mainstream news.More

Bus driver retires after 41 years
The Hartselle Enquirer
Jean Briscoe made her last run as a special needs school bus driver on Fri., Nov. 30, ending a career that spanned more than 41 years. Briscoe began her bus-driving career at the age of 18, when she was a senior at the former Morgan County High School in Alabama. "My husband, William "Buddy" Briscoe, was driving a bus at that time," she pointed out. "He got another job and I took over his route." She later drove a bus for Sparkman School and hired on as a driver for Hartselle City Schools, Aug. 20, 1982. After so many years on the same job, Briscoe expressed mixed emotions about leaving.More

EVIT event uses humor to discourage distracted driving
East Valley Tribune
What sounds like common sense — don't text while driving — results too often in crashes, disabling injuries and death. But to drive that point home to teens, sometimes you need a touch of LOL. And that's exactly what students at Mesa's East Valley Institute of Technology got recently when the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance — with help from the Second City improv troupe — gave a presentation on distracted driving.More

Mason school bus fleet enters the propane age
Lansing State Journal
A school bus that runs on propane could be the start of a new greener, less costly and quieter form of transportation for the Mason Public School district in Michigan. Mason Public Schools Transportation Director Kevin Doty said the bus was delivered on Nov. 27 and is expected to be in service to transport local students before Christmas. Doty said some drivers have to be trained on how to handle a propane-driven vehicle; a traditional diesel buses take longer to accelerate and can have a different feel behind the wheel.More

Controversial HOT lanes spread nationally
USA Today
Highway lanes that charge cars rising tolls as traffic increases are becoming the future for the USA's clogged urban expressways. A dozen now operate across the nation and another 18 are under development. More

School staff to begin anti-bullying training
The Advocate
Required training for Louisiana's Lafayette Parish School System school employees — from teachers to cafeteria workers — will begin within the next few weeks in compliance with the state's new state law that targets bullying, said Bradley Cruice, the school system's health and wellness director. Any school employee who has contact with students is required to receive four hours of training that includes information on how to recognize and address bullying behavior, Cruice said. The school system partnered with the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning to create an Internet-based training program, he said.More