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Dec. 25, 2012

How safe are our children at school?
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch
A recent lockdown at Bloomingdale High School in Florida only added fuel to the blazing questions surrounding the safety of students at school. On the morning of Dec. 14, Bloomingdale High was placed on lockdown after a parent reported seeing a student carrying a gun. "It turned out the student was part of an ROTC exercise, and the gun wasn't real," said School District of Hillsborough County spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. However, the parent's caution was understandable in light of the shooting at Sandy Hooks Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., earlier that morning. More

NTSB looks to technology to end drunken driving in the US
In hopes of someday virtually ending drunken driving in the United States, federal safety advocates reently encouraged ongoing development of in-vehicle technology that unobtrusively tests all motorists to see if they have imbibed. The National Transportation Safety Board also said that all 50 states should require ignition interlock devices for any driver convicted even once of driving under the influence. The devices are now required for first-time offenders in about one-third of states.More

Proposed sex offender legislation would affect school bus routes
Northern Virginia Daily
School boards would have to alert parents of children whose bus routes had stops near sex offenders' homes and take other measures under a bill proposed by Del. Robert Marshall, R-Prince William County, in Virginia. HB 1369 would require local school boards to put in place policies that would minimize the number of bus stops that were 500 feet or less from the home of a registered sex offender. Additionally, Marshall recently said parents of children whose bus routes included such stops would get a notification. "Notifying them, it may encourage [school districts] to put bus stops elsewhere," said Marshall.More

Students seek to stop the cycle of bullying
Post Bulletin
It's not teachers, school administrators or even parents who appear to be having the biggest impact on creating a new environment where bullying becomes unwelcome in southeast Minnesota schools. Rather, it's students themselves who have taken it upon themselves to make a difference on behalf of themselves — and on behalf of their classmates. It's not an easy process. Some area students say they have been teased for their role in peer support groups. Others haven't joined because they fear being mocked. But, increasingly, students on the front lines of the effort against bullying are the ones who can be counted on by classmates for support — and even for improving the school experience overall.More

Student Transportation & Safety: The middle school balancing act
Wicked Local Lexington
The most influential piece of the school transportation pie has shifted to that with the lowest number of students. Middle schools embody the new balancing fulcrum on the school transportation scale as they drive the flexibility of a tiered bus system — in Lexington, Mass., 57 percent of all middle school students ride the bus compared to 42 percent of elementary students and 26 percent of high schoolers. Reasons for the uptick in middle school ridership are many.More

Fleet leaders biggest challenge for 2013 is cutting fuel costs
The GreenRoad Blog
Among the findings of the "Fleet Leaders 2013 Outlook" report recently released, are that of the majority of the nation's fleet leaders, 54 percent are "cautiously optimistic" about 2013. Only 11 percent are "very optimistic" and nearly a third, 30 percent, identify themselves as "neutral" about the year ahead, according to the report, which reflects the views of leaders of fleets of all sizes, from under 25 to more than 1,000 vehicles, in a variety of industries including school buses.More

Washoe County School District prioritizes bus safety for students
The Washoe County School District, N.V., transports 20,000 students by bus every day, so they're taking precautions to ensure the safety of everyone aboard. The bus safety department of the school district teaches students K through fourth grade the dos and don'ts of bus riding through an assembly put on by Program Coordinator Lane Johnson. "They (the students) love it, the schools love it, the principles love it and the teachers love it," says Johnson. "It's highly interactive and a lot of fun."More

This holiday season, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
There is so much to celebrate at this time of year. But, because people are out celebrating in greater frequency — and often with alcohol &#!51; the holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation's roadways. During the holidays, far too many people make the irresponsible and dangerous decision to drive after drinking. That's why this holiday season, more than 10,000 officers will be on the streets across the nation to enforce a simple safety message: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."More

STEP-UP TRANSPORTATION tackles school bus safety
Model D
One Detroiter is turning the problems of bullying on school buses into an opportunity for a new business, STEP-UP TRANSPORTATION. Larry Cunningham founded the company six months ago and is preparing to launch it out of Detroit's riverfront district. Cunningham worked as a deputy for the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept. for 27 years before retiring and becoming certified and working as a substitute teacher at Detroit Public Schools. He hopes his idea of putting former police officers on school buses will make them safer and more enjoyable rides for all involved.More