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Aug. 11, 2009
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School Bus Seat Belt Study Enters Final Research Year
from Science Daily
The pilot study assessing the impact of the installation of lap and shoulder seat belts on a limited number of Alabama school buses is entering the final research year. The study will provide information about school buses with seat belts for possible adoption throughout the nation. More
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Don't Rush to Close Schools for Swine Flu
from The Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Don't panic, schools. The government is urging school officials to stay calm when swine flu strikes this fall, closing buildings only in drastic cases and allowing sick students to return as soon as 24 hours after their fever is gone. More
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Gifted Students in Pennsylvania School to be Taught Separately this Fall
from PennLive.com
Cumberland Valley School District in Pennsylvania is starting to get feedback on its plan to place third through fifth grade gifted students in separate classrooms this fall. It is taking the step after learning from a recent study that it had fallen short in helping hundreds of gifted students. More
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Traffic Cameras Upheld in Louisiana
from The Advocate
A state judge has ruled that the city of Lafayette, La.’s, traffic-camera enforcement program is constitutional, city-parish attorneys recently announced. More
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Iowa 911 Call Center Becomes First to Accept Texts
from USA Today
An emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to "911. Call centers around the country are looking at following in its footsteps, as phone calls are now just one of many things phones can do. More
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Chicago Transit Authority Bans Workers from Using Phones
from NBC Chicago
"You're fired!" Those are the words any Chicago Transit Authority employee will hear if they're caught using a cell phone, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. More
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Federal Railroad Administration Awards $1 Million Rail Safety Grant
from the U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo announced a $1,015,000 grant for Operation Lifesaver Inc. providing the Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit organization support to continue its wide-ranging public education outreach efforts to raise awareness about the potential hazards at grade crossings and the dangers of illegal trespassing on railroad property. More
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Telematics Expert Warns Vehicle Tracking Industry Against Under Pricing
from Materials Handling World Magazine
With vehicle tracking currently available from as little as £0.25 per day, and a growing trend for pay as you go solutions, David Isom, managing director of V-SOL, warns that the industry is in danger of positioning itself as a low-cost business partner with no real value placed on the service and expertise it can offer. More
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Fixing Detroit: How Far, How Fast, How Fuel Efficient
from the Transportation Research Institute
The Automotive Industry Crisis of 2009 is the worst the industry has ever experienced. This paper helps resolve the debate on how much and fast it should change and how it should it respond to demands for increased fuel efficiency. More
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Trucking Group Supports Distracted Driving Summit
from Occupational Health & Safety
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood says he will "announce a list of concrete steps we will take to make drivers think twice about taking their eyes off the road for any reason" after next month's summit in Washington, D.C. More
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Product Showcases


   Product Showcase: UltraLED

The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info



   Product Showcase: Bus Watch by REI

Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More info



   Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING™

ZONAR'S ZING™ is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info





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