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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and from Virginia to California, the traffic safety community has a simple message for drivers: One Text or Call could Wreck it All. DOT has worked hard for several years to end the deadly epidemic of distracted driving. But to kickoff this month, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood thanks the States for their efforts in this important safety fight. More

Encouraging biking, walking in large US metro areas
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When home, work, school and shopping are in closer proximity, travel is easier. What can cities do to help get people out of their cars and onto their feet? More

Why a bullied student, a parent and a school official opened their lives to filmmaker
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"Bully" aims to show what teen bullying looks like in contemporary America, in all its cruelty. Shot beginning in 2009 in Iowa, Oklahoma, Georgia and Mississippi, the film focuses on five families coping with the daily abuse their children experience under the noses of sometimes apathetic administrators. More

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE

The problem with Bully
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What do you say about a documentary that could do some good — and also a lot of harm? Bully, the new documentary by Lee Hirsch, has already received a lot of attention because the MPAA gave it an unwarranted R rating, on account of a few curse words. More

Stop panicking about bullies
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Childhood is safer than ever before, but today's parents need to worry about something. Nick Gillespie on why busybodies and bureaucrats have zeroed in on bullying. More

What the big boys do to train

Atlantic Express, Petermann, Student Transportation Inc, Illinois Central, Krapf Bus - all use the Driver Training Course created by the School Bus Safety Company. So do almost every school district in the states of Georgia, Maryland and Nevada. Are you still using old materials? Why?

Walking school bus program gets Springfield students to school, provides exercise
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. That's one reason that some schools in Springfield, Mo., are on a mission to get children moving. More

Transportation bill faces more bumps ahead
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As Congress starts back down the road on hammering out a transportation bill, expect more nail-biting extension deadlines, delayed projects for states and partisan spats. The reason is simple: money. More

California's traffic fatalities at lowest level in nearly 70 years
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In 2010, traffic fatalities in California declined to their lowest level since 1944, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From a peak of 5,504 in 1987, fatalities fell to 2,715 in 2010, the agency reported. Caltrans is attributing part of the success in lowering the fatality rate to safety improvements it has implemented on highways statewide along with safety programs such as Slow for the Cone Zone and Safe Routes to Schools. More

Headlines aside, $4 gas isn't that big of a deal
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Gas prices are extremely regressive. They impact the poor much more than anyone else, especially when their gas need is what economists call "inelastic," which is just a fancy word for something where demand does't change based on price. If someone needs to get to work, they need to get to work and they'll fill up their gas tank to do so largely regardless of price. That said, for the majority of the country, $4 gas isn't going to doom us or our economy. Here's why. More

Report: Americans driving less, using public transit more
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A report released by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group Foundation found that for the first time since World War II, Americans are driving less and have been doing so since the middle of the last decade, with vehicle miles traveled per capita down 6 percent. The ones really shifting their driving habits are people ages 16 to 34. They are using alternative transportation to get to work or a friend's house, according to the report, "Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy." More

50 years after historic JFK message to Congress, transportation still the thread that connects our nation
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A lot changes in 50 years. In 1962, the U.S. population was 186.5 million, compared to today's 311.6 million, and a gallon of milk cost only 49 cents. One thing that has not changed, however, is our country's need for good transportation. More


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Don't miss the latest episode of NAPTV - "Information With Imagination." Guaranteed laughs for this hilarious presentation on Pre-Trip Inspections. Visit and click on the home page picture or go to the NAPTV link.

Vendor Spotlight: When you're on the spot, come to the spotlight
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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. All you need to do is click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured on our website under "Business Partner in the Spotlight" through April 19, are the following businesses: AngelTrax, C.E. White and Lion Bus. Please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services offered by these companies.

Please feel free to visit our web site anytime,, and check out the featured scrolling logo posted near the bottom left hand side of the home page. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

AngelTrax — — provides a one-stop shop for your mobile surveillance needs; C.E White — — this school bus seating manufacturer supplies several models for various uses; and Lion Bus — is a new Type C school bus manufacturer for the North American market.

New graduates: Special Needs Transportation training program
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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:

Colleen Cavanaugh
Pupil Transportation Consulting Inc.
Jefferson, Mass.

Barbara Rendon
Humble ISD
Humble, Texas

Bill Kurts
Florence School District One
Florence, S.C.

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


Meet us in the Land of Blues & BBQ!

Registration Now Available!

Save the dates for our 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25, 2012.

This year's Summit will feature 50 different workshops, live action special events, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 150 vendors and top notch speakers.

Register here!

Hotel reservations for the Memphis Marriott Downtown can be accessed here for the $135 NAPT rate.

Hotel and Travel Fact Sheet

EXHIBITOR PACKET — Click here for exhibitor information.

MEMPHIS MAP & TOURIST GUIDE: To flip the pages, click the corners of the booklet and plan where you'd like to go!

See you in Memphis!

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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