NAPT MultiView News Brief
May. 15, 2012

1st ever National Bike to School Day gets children on two wheels — safely
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Bike to School Day is coordinated by the Federal Highway Administration's National Center for Safe Routes to School. Although it's just the first year, more than 700 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia participated.More

Traffic fatalities hit all-time low
Fleet Owner Magazine
Highway deaths declined again last year, reaching their lowest rate when compared to miles driven since such record-keeping began in 1921, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimate of 2011 traffic fatalities recently released. The report said there were 32,310 deaths in motor vehicle crashes last year, a drop of 1.7 percent from the previous year. That's the lowest number of deaths in more than 60 years. Overall, traffic fatalities have plummeted 26 percent since 2005.More

Wholesale prices drop in April on falling gas prices
USA Today
A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame. The Labor Department recently said the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 percent last month. It was the first decline since December and the biggest drop since October.More

Bullying in school and the LGBT community
The Huffington Post
One of the stories circulating at the moment regarding bullying in school is about mother Chelisa Grimes, who gave her son, Darnell "Dynasty" Young, a stun gun to take to his high school in Indianapolis, Ind., when the bullying he suffered as an LGBT student would not let up. Darnell's principal at Arsenal Tech High School, Larry Yarrell, told the Indy Star, "If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they're going to say whatever it is that they want to say." This is just one example of LGBT students and their parents feeling the need to find a solution to bullying when a solution is not being offered by public school administrations.More

Summer air travel outlook: Packed
Florida Today
Travelers can expect U.S. airlines' planes to be full this summer as a record number of people make international flights, the industry association Airlines for America recently reported. In its annual summer forecast, the trade group for major U.S. airlines estimated that 179.4 million passengers will fly on their planes inside the USA from June to August, largely unchanged from last summer. However, the group predicts that 26.8 million people will travel on international flights, surpassing last summer's record of 26.3 million passengers.More

Distracted driving measures gain in Illinois, lag in Missouri
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Inattentive driving is getting lots of attention in the Illinois Legislature this session. And there's even some activity in Missouri, which lags behind the nation in "distracted driving" laws. Measures pending in Illinois range from a full ban on talking on cellphones while driving to bills that expand the state's current texting and driving ban to include in-line skates and bicycles. All are coasting through the Legislature.More

Consumer Reports: Teens safer driving with friends
USA Today
Here's a surprise: Having friends in the car makes young drivers less likely to engage in distracted driving, a Consumer Reports survey finds. The magazine, in a report in its June issue, says drivers surveyed from the ages of 16 to 21 said they are less likely to want to talk on the phone, text or engage in other dangerous distracted driving behaviors if they have someone their age in the car.More

For public transit, the recession's still not over
The Washington Post
Public transportation in the United States has faced a perverse situation these past few years. Thanks to high gas prices, more and more Americans are riding buses and trains. But thanks to budget crunches, transit agencies are actually cutting services at the exact same moment.More

Bus drivers demonstrate skills in 'road-eo'
It's hard to picture rodeos without cowboys, bull riding and calf roping, but on May 12, bus drivers were the ones competing, and instead of horses and bulls, they drove school buses. Dozens of school bus drivers across eastern Idaho participated in the annual "School Bus Road-eo" in Rexburg. "It builds self-confidence in the drivers with their buses," said Mary Ann Nielsen, transportation director for the Madison School District. "Sometimes their buses are over 40 feet long."More

New graduates: Special Needs Transportation Training Program
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six Special Needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations to the following graduates who have recently completed the program:

Theresa M. Anderson
Anderson Consulting LLC
Littleton, Colo.

Gena Murchison
Jackson-Madison County School System
Jackson, Tenn.

Karen Knight
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Thornton, Colo.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Brianne Peck at 800-989-6278.More

NAPT adds summer intern to HQ staff
We are delighted to introduce you to our new colleague, Lou DeMarzio. Currently a junior at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y. (the alma mater of comedian and entertainer Jimmy Fallon, among others), Lou expects to complete his degree program in Business Administration in May 2013.

He is a member of two collegiate honor societies - Delta Epsilon Iota, the nation's first and only academic honor society created to educate its members about career development (minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale) and Delta Mu Delta, an International Honor Society in Business (minimum GPA of 3.25 on a scale of 4.0).

Lou is also a golf enthusiast, and works in his spare time at the Edison Club in Rexford, N.Y., performing a variety of administrative duties required for golf events and programs.

This summer Lou will be making outreach to as many NAPT members as possible, offering information and advice about our 2012 Summit and related activities. If you get a chance, please take a moment to introduce yourself to Lou. You may call the office at 800-989-6278 or send him an email at