NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jul. 3, 2012

'La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus'
The Hollywood Reporter
U.S. director Mark Kendall has put his interest in cultural anthropology to rewarding use in his first feature documentary, a film that's rich in detail and character observation. "La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus" is just what the title indicates — and that turns out be an intimate and vivid report on a surprising connection between North and Central America.More

More people hitting the highways for Independence Day holiday travel
CNN
Maybe it's because of falling gas prices or simply the day of the week, but this Independence Day, holiday travelers will be out in full force. Overall travel is expected to be up almost 5 percent over the July 4th holiday, according to projections from the American Automobile Association. The last time this many people were expected to travel over the Independence Day holiday was five years ago.More

Classroom lectures go digital
The New York Times
The virtual teacher has arrived — flickering away on a screen on a school bus, in a bunk bed or in the shade of a beach umbrella, and turning traditional education on its head. Thanks to digital media like video-on-demand broadcasts, or VODcasts, lectures that students would normally receive in the classroom are migrating outside of brick and mortar schools. More

States consider raising fines for distracted driving
USA Today
Growing concern over the continued use of cellphones by drivers has some states reviewing laws against the practice and exploring stiffer fines and harsher penalties. A 2010 study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that current texting bans are not reducing the risk or amount of crashes. But some question whether tougher punishment is the answer.More

Bus bullying resources available
United Press International
Anti-bullying training materials for school bus drivers are available from the U.S. Department of Education, the agency announced June 27. While 10 percent of school bullying occurs on school buses, drivers often do not feel equipped to handle bullying incidents, the statement said. More

Batteries add power and market appeal to bicycles
The New York Times
The concept of electric bicycles, whose riders can cruise up hills on battery power when they are tired of pedaling, is slowly catching on in cities around the world. The bicycles resemble their conventional counterparts but have a heavier frame and carry a battery pack, which is usually either behind the rider or integrated in the frame. The motor transmits energy to the rear wheel, and the battery can be detached for recharging.More

Texas DOT unveils new faces of drunk driving campaign
Houston Chronicle
Six times a year, when a major holiday rolls around, some motorists will drink and drive — killing themselves or others on the highway. In hopes of changing that pattern, the Texas Department of Transportation recently unveiled its new Faces of Drunk Driving campaign to show impaired driving's potential impact on others. More

Airlines experiment with do-it-yourself boarding
USA Today
Could boarding the aircraft become the next automated "do-it-yourself" part of the air-travel experience? Delta has become the latest U.S. carrier to consider a "self-boarding" concept, testing the option in Atlanta and Las Vegas. In theory, self-boarding would free airline gate agents from collecting boarding passes and instead let them focus on customers needing in-person help.More

History lesson: The distracted driving panic...of 1930
TheStreet
In an era of furious texters and backseat movie screenings for rowdy children, the car radio seems like the least of our driving distractions. But back before the transistor and the Great Depression, the newfangled radio was cast by one Massachusetts bureaucrat as a roadway menace.More

US House passes Kadyn's Amendment
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley said the House of Representatives added an amendment to a key transportation funding bill whose genesis began in North Iowa. "Kadyn's Amendment” devotes $10 million of federal funding to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to strengthen enforcement of existing state laws prohibiting drivers from passing stopped school buses that have warning lights flashing and stop arms extended.More

Gasoline prices cheapest since January
The Associated Press via ABC News
The price of gasoline has dropped to a five-month low, giving drivers some relief ahead of the July 4 holiday. The national average fell to around $3.40 per gallon on June 26. South Carolina, at $2.987, has the distinction of being the first state with an average below $3 since February 2011. Even in states that impose high gas taxes, such as New York and California, pump prices are averaging less than $4.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 graduate who recently completed the program:

Pamela K. Layral
Student Transportation of America
Riverside, Calif.
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