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Bill would fine drivers who leave kids on school buses
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State Sen. Sean Logan, D-Monroeville, Pa., plans to introduce legislation aimed at tougher penalties for school bus drivers who leave a child on a bus or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More



FY11 budget plan folds ed tech into new program
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President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2011 calls for sweeping changes to programs within the U.S. Department of Education, including a restructuring of federal education technology grants. More

Profile of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
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President Obama has allotted Secretary of Education Arne Duncan more than seventy billion dollars in federal economic-stimulus funds to hand out to the states—more money "by a factor of a lot," as Duncan puts it, than any Secretary of Education has had before him. More

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LaHood fears spread of in-car technology
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is concerned that a host of technologies in new vehicles are distracting drivers. More

President's 2011 budget includes NLC priorities
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President Obama introduced his $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2011 budget proposal. While the proposal reflects the discretionary budget spending freeze the President announced during his State of the Union address and does not include funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, an NLC priority, it calls for level funding and in some cases increases in several programs important to fostering a climate of economic vitality in cities and towns. More



States, cities target handicap parking fraud
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A growing number of states and cities are cracking down on handicap parking scofflaws with stiffer fines and placards that are less susceptible to fraudulent use. More

School bus drivers nationwide honored for safe, reliable service during February's 'Love the Bus'
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Thousands of school children across the country are making Valentine's cards for someone extra special in their lives this year—their school bus drivers. More

Specialized Trip Software Maximizes Efficiency
EasyBus is the only software company in the industry focused primarily on software for managing field trips and charters, and now offers a special discount for educational institutions. If you need trip or charter software written "Just For You," you can learn more about our products, sign up for a personal demo, and get pricing at www.easybus.com. MORE


Study: Cell phone bans don't reduce accidents
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A new study suggests laws banning the use of hand-held devices while driving have not reduced the rate of accidents in three states and the District of Columbia. More

Bill targets school bus drivers
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Drivers in South Carolina's state fleet of 5,000 public school buses would be forbidden to text-message or talk on cell phones while transporting students under a proposal before the House Transportation Subcommittee. More



School Committee tables vote on bus fees
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A Massachusetts School Committee tabled a vote on a proposed Town Meeting article to create a revolving account for bus fees. More

School bus driver fired over handgun
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A school bus driver who failed to report a 13-year-old girl with a pistol on his bus or at a bus stop has been fired. More

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When gas becomes a luxury
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First the bad news: gas will rise to $20 per gallon. Now the good news: gas will rise to $20 per gallon. It's going to happen whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter if the Democrats are in control, the Republicans, or even Ron Paul. It doesn't matter if you believe in global warming or disbelieve in evolution. More

New warning system warns of driver drowsiness and distraction
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Scientists have developed the latest version of a driving assistance system which controls the driver's attention level and helps to avoid accidents caused by drowsiness or distractions at the wheel. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: www.cookillinois.com. MORE


What's the best way to curb distracted driving?
National Journal of Transportation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ban on texting by commercial drivers that the Transportation Department announced on Jan. 26 was only the latest in a series of developments that have catapulted distracted driving to the top of the nation's - and Secretary Ray LaHood's - transportation safety agenda. More

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WHAT:  CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS WEBINAR

Jeannette Sutton
Research Associate
Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado at Boulder

WHEN: February 18, 2010
TIME: 2:00 PM EASTERN

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Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.
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