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ASBC recognizes Tennessee State Trooper Ray Robinson as School Bus Champion
American School Bus Council
The American School Bus Council recognized Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant Ray Robinson with a School Bus Champion Award during the General Session of the 2014 Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference. Lieutenant Robinson is the head of the Pupil Transportation Division of the Highway Patrol and also serves as Tennessee's chief safety inspector for school buses. His myriad responsibilities over school buses have led many to refer to him as a de-facto state director for pupil transportation.
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Safer Roads Ottawa launches 'I Stop, You Stop' campaign
580 CFRA News Talk Radio
The city is cracking down on drivers who fail to stop for school buses, whose lights are flashing and stop arms are deployed. Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais recently helped Safer Roads Ottawa launch their "I Stop, You Stop" Campaign at Maple Ridge Elementary in Orleans. The launch came just minutes after a close call just minutes before. "A vehicle came and it continued through all our warning signals and stop sign and everything else," said bus driver-in-training Andrew Kissman, who was en route to Maple Ridge Elementary. "You never know, there could have been another student waiting to cross, or whatever, or the timing could have been slightly different."
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Attorneys for Florida bus crash victim present wrongful-death suit
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Attorneys representing the family of 9-year-old Aaron Beauchamp, who was killed in a 2012 school bus crash in St. Lucie County recently announced the widening of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed last year against the St. Lucie County School District. West Palm Beach lawyer Matt E. Haynes, of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath announced the firm will sue five "major national manufacturers" as part of a negligence complaint pending against the school district. Part of the suit is about bus seat cushions which the firm claims made the school bus seats defective.
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School bus operator will pay Massachusetts AG $450,000 to settle idling violation lawsuit
Legal Newsline
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley recently announced a $450,000 settlement with the largest school bus operator in the state to resolve allegations of air pollution and compliance reporting violations. First Student Inc. allegedly violated an order from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that prohibited bus idling while parked outside of schools and at its own parking and maintenance facilities. MassDEP's idling regulations require that motor vehicles cannot idle for more than five minutes as idling can contribute to air pollution.
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School bus bill to protect drivers, students
KMVT-TV
If a proposal gets through the House in Idaho, school bus drivers would be able to step–in when students are in imminent danger. Bullying, fights and medical emergencies are some of the scenarios that could play out on a school bus. The drivers are supposed to call for help and do little else. A proposal aims to give them more power.
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All-electric school bus hits the road
Greentech Media
When it comes to energy efficiency, schools are a relatively easy target. There is a natural synergy between educating the next generation and teaching sustainability and efficiency, whether it's telling kindergartners to turn off lights when they leave a room or running sophisticated energy efficiency competitions between graduate school departments. Schools often own the buildings they occupy, making it easier to swallow long-term paybacks for efficiency retrofits.
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Father of slain boy wants safer bus stops
Daily Commercial
As the clocks moved forward one hour this past weekend, some students beginning the school week will be waiting at school bus stops in the dark. It is a reminder that brings back difficult memories for Robert Eubanks.

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CDC: 9 die, 1,060 hurt each day due to distracted driving
The Washington Post
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a new way to get people's attention to what it calls the growing problem of distracted driving: It says that every day nine people die and 1,060 people are hurt in crashes where distraction is reported as a cause.

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Boston may nix more school bus routes, use MBTA
WCVB-TV
New York does it. Chicago and Philadelphia do it, too. Now Boston is considering dumping school bus service in favor of paying for public transportation for certain students. The Boston Public School District is proposing to slash yellow bus service for seventh and eighth graders in order to help balance its budget.

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Fleet Safety Tip: Driving in thick fog
Automotive Fleet
Thick morning fog in Cape Coral, Fla., on Feb. 26 led to a T-bone collision between a school bus and a sports car, resulting in injuries to the sports car driver. Fortunately, just one of the 22 students in the bus suffered an injury and it was minor, WBBH NBC-2 News reported. Eyewitnesses noted that the sports car's headlights hadn't been on, prompting local authorities to warn the public about a trend they've noticed recently.
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Students trained on school bus safety
WOWT-TV
Lincoln, Neb., public school students are learning school bus safety tips. Drivers go over the locations of the first aid kit, fire extinguisher and emergency exits. Students also learn how to call for help on the radio, especially useful if the driver is somehow incapacitated. "There's help right there," says transport paraprofessional Audrey Ingram said. "Click of a button. But, if you don't show [students] they know none of that."
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NJ schools start releasing anti-bullying grades
NJ.com
New Jersey schools recently began releasing new anti-bullying grades that measure their efforts to protect students from harassment and create a safe school climate. All districts were required to complete a 20-page self-assessment developed by the Department of Education to measure their implementation of the state's tough anti-bullying law. All districts must post their grades on their website by March 18.
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Student safety a priority, Spring Grove district's bus company says
The Evening Sun
A school bus company recently said that it is looking into concerns raised at a Spring Grove, Pa., school board meeting. Durham School Services, which provides bus transportation for Spring Grove Area School District, intends to work quickly to correct misinformation with its district partner, according to a company spokesperson. Residents told board members at the meeting about buses leaking fuel, the lack of communication equipment, spare buses being driven for months and repairs not being handled in a timely fashion. But Molly Hart, manager of public relations and media for Durham's corporate partner, National Express Corporation, said the safety of the students is the company's priority.
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