NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jun. 19, 2012

No elegant technical fixes for distracted driving
The Christian Science Monitor
Dialing or texting on a phone is a proven distraction when you're behind the wheel. And as "smart" as today's phones are, they can't compensate for human folly. Phone makers and software developers are making a valiant effort to create elegant technical solutions, but, try as they might, they've yet to solve the problem of distracted driving.More

Idling limits the 'Rodney Dangerfield' of laws
MSN Money
Jodi Miller likes her coffee as much as anyone, but she admits to feeling guilty idling her car with a half-dozen others at a coffee shack on a residential street corner. Miller knows Salt Lake City recently passed a law that limits "unnecessary" idling to no more than two minutes. About 20 states, 50 cities or towns and 33 counties across the country limit engine idling time with fines and even jail time, the American Transportation Research Institute reports, but actual enforcement is spotty or non-existent with officials proclaiming they emphasize public education over ticketing.More

Should bullies be treated as criminals?
USA Today
As millions of students head off to their summer breaks, they might leave behind the face-to-face bullying that includes everything from simple taunts to brutal beatings, but too often they can't escape the digital world that gives the predators access to their prey day and night and well beyond the schoolyard gates. Police and prosecutors are being asked to address what used to be settled on campuses. More

Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving calls on everyone to do their part for safety
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Today, we take a big step forward in our fight against the deadly epidemic of distracted driving. With the release of their Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving, the DOT is putting critical safety information into the hands of those who can make the biggest difference. Parents, teens, driving instructors, automakers and safety advocates can all use the new blueprint to take this important effort to the next level.More

Big summer test of 'talking' cars coming to Michigan
USA Today
The government is launching a year-long, real-world test of systems that keep cars from crashing into each other in Michigan this summer. It's going to involve nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses using volunteer drivers, the Associated Press reports. All the vehicles are going to electronically talk to each other to avoid accidents.More

Apps: The latest stand against school bullies
In a mobile phone video filmed at a Houston high school this April, dozens of students gather in a stairwell to watch a fight. They stand by as a girl, armed with a sock that has a combination lock in the toe, viciously beats another girl to the point that she will later have multiple staples inserted into her head at the emergency room. Tim Porter is developing an app that he believes can stop violence like this on school grounds.More

Traffic jams: An inside look at the worst routes
The Wall Street Journal
The Journal recently spotlighted companies that are analyzing billions of bits of information about America's roadways to help ease gridlock, pinpoint potholes and help governments make smart choices about future transportation products. One byproduct of all this data is interesting factoids dredged up about the state of America's roads.More

Social media trends should prompt a rethinking of school communications
eSchool News
Websites are slowly taking a backseat to text messaging and micro-blogging tools like Twitter for breaking news, emergency messaging and sharing other urgent information. As social media use grows, school leaders might need to rethink their electronic communications priorities. More

Can technology prevent distracted driving?
Consumer Reports
Distracted driving is an issue that has been at the forefront of national driver safety efforts since Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood made it his mission to stop the dangerous behavior. Currently, 39 states, plus the District of Columbia, ban texting and 10 states and Washington, D.C., prohibit hand-held cellphone use. We all are aware of the dangers of driving distracted; it is attributed to causing over 3,000 deaths in 2010. While it remains a challenge for drivers to put the phone down, can technology help curb the behavior? More

Tapping 'big data' to fill potholes
The Wall Street Journal
Entrepreneurs and investors are finding new ways to tap the predictive power of numbers, including ways to kill the traffic jam and other motorist scourges such as potholes. The results are playing out inside a state traffic-management center in Woodbridge, N.J. That's where New Jersey officials watch a 22-foot-high mounted screen as supercomputers powered by start-up Inrix Inc. scoop up millions of cellphone and GPS signals, make sense of the jumble of information about car speeds, weather conditions and sports schedules, and translate the data into maps of traffic along 2,600 miles of the state's roads.More

NAPT needs your feedback today

NAPT continues to work with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center to prevent bullying in school transportation. Click here for information regarding the training program and modules.

Last year, with your help, this partnership culminated in the creation of two training modules. Now that time has passed, we are eager to assess the efficacy of the training modules and to make any changes that are deemed necessary. We need your help — please take part in a quick survey! Your input is crucial as your responses will be invaluable to our work to enhance the current training modules for school bus drivers that include research-based strategies regarding violence prevention, bullying prevention, and building positive relationships with students.

Your continued support and assistance will improve the ability of the entire education community to meet the challenges of offering specially developed and targeted bullying prevention and intervention training to school transportation service providers nationwide. We look forward to working with you to integrate this new information into the existing bullying prevention/intervention training modules.

Please respond by June 26.

Module 1 feedback survey

Module 2 feedback survey

THANK YOU again for participation.More

Vendor spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight

Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight three of our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Easy Bus, Koroseal Inc., and Thomas Bus. Since they will be posted through June 29, please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Easy — is a producer of easy-to-use software that meets the needs of the bus transportation industry. — supplies matting and transit flooring products. Thomas — is an OEM that provides a full line of driver-friendly school, activity, commercial and specialty buses and school buses.More

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