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School bus safety group targets illegal passers of school buses
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The New York Association for Pupil Transportation joined forces with State legislators to call for an end to the dangerous practice of passing stopped school buses. John McCormick, President of NYAPT and Transportation Supervisor in Riverhead Central School District, noted "Enough is enough." More

U turns to technology to aid teen drivers and their parents
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University of Minnesota researchers are hoping intervention technology will make teenagers better drivers. The Teen Driver Support System goes well beyond seat belts and cell phones. More

Vehicle to vehicle communication, the next step in roadway safety
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Over the last 50 years, innovative technologies like seat belts, air bags and anti-lock braking systems have helped make America's roads safer, leading to the lowest level of highway fatalities since 1954. Despite this promising trend, nearly 34,000 Americans were lost on our nation's roads in 2009. More

Win Free Registration to TSD&P

It's a Theme Contest! Submit the winning theme for the 20th National Special Needs Transportation Conference in Kansas City and your conference registration fee will be waived. Entries must be received via email by May 20. Details are at The only national conference on special needs transportation offers workable solutions and practical answers to your pressing issues.

Comprehensive transportation bill includes rigid fines for school buses
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The Senate debated a comprehensive transportation bill, and one of the provisions would establish rigid fines for school bus companies if they fail to abide by inspection orders issued by the Connecticut State Department of Motor Vehicles. More

Transportation Secretary LaHood enlists MIT in fight against distracted driving
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Some of the nation's brightest minds are being enlisted in the crusade to make America's highways safer by getting drivers to turn off their cellphones. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has challenged the minds at the fabled Massachusetts Institute of Technology to figure out how to refine technology so that a driver's cellphone can be disabled without blocking the cellphones of passengers. More

School bus students need to ask
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Dougherty County parents whose kids ride the school bus, will now have to register them to ride in an effort to help schools eliminate unnecessary bus stops and make sure larger buses are picking up the most amount of students. More

Administration wants to slash high school bus routes
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Columbus Board of Education members might slam the brakes on buses crisscrossing the district to 1,466 locations to pick up high school students during the next school year. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

Transportation Secretary: Hands-free devices don't make cell phone use safer for drivers
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Using a cell phone, especially to send text messages, while driving is a deadly habit, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. But talking on the phone using a hands-free device is nearly as bad, he said, adding that car makers are wrong to allow the technology to be used in ways that distract drivers from the road. More

Half of states now ban texting while driving
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Michigan and Wisconsin have enacted bans on texting while driving, which brings the total number of states with texting restrictions for motorists to 25. The Governors Highway Safety Association issued statements congratulating Michigan and Wisconsin for enacting their prohibitions in the interest of improving traffic safety. Washington state was the first state to enact a texting ban, in May 2007, according to GHSA. More

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Thinking outside rails and runways, and taking the bus
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Derrick Roberts could drive, fly or ride the train on his weekly business trips to Washington from his home in Manhattan. Instead, he takes the bus, seemingly the least comfortable and most time-consuming of his commuting options. Roberts doesn't take an ordinary bus that stops at every city along the way, but MegaBus - one of the growing number of express services that are quickly redefining the images of bus and business travel in this economy. More

Texting drivers face fines under new law
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Soon Wisconsin drivers will have to give up texting while driving, just like their Illinois friends. Illinois was the 19th state to ban it in January of 2010, while Chicago has banned it since October of 2008. Gov. Jim Doyle signed a law that bans texting while driving, making Wisconsin the 25th state to outlaw it. Speaking on a cell phone while behind the wheel remains legal. More

AngelTrax introduces FlexPlay™ - playback software that practically thinks for you

With FlexPlay™ you can review video data files in a matter of seconds. It instantly retrieves recorded video data and displays it on the player for viewing.

Arizona takes up length of yellow lights
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How long traffic signals in Arizona shine yellow has been the subject of recurring public debate and experimentation for more than two years. Now, a state law that takes effect in July sets a 3-second minimum and requires cities that use photo enforcement to follow Arizona Department of Transportation formulas linking traffic speed to yellow-light duration. More

Renegotiate that contract
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Business owners toss previously-negotiated agreements out the window to bargain for reduced prices. More

Think you have thankless job? TDOT employee has heard 4,700 calls, most of them complaints
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Amanda Tidwell has a smiley face sticker on her computer at work. For sure, she needs to be in good humor. Tidwell is the employee at the Tennessee Department of Transportation who listens to public comments on TDOT's toll-free Record-A-Comment line. Or, more accurately, the Record-A-Complaint line. More

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NAPT's 7th annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector will be hosted by Jasper Engines and Transmissions, September 28 - October 1 in Jasper, IN.

The America's Best Competition shall provide the latest in School Bus training and determine America's Best School Bus Technician and Inspector.

This contest is unique in that the competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both Technicians and Inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop is limited to one Inspector and one Technician per state. All technical participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent maintenance and/or repair of school buses. All inspector participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems, and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In addition both Bus Parts Warehouse and Zonar Systems provide a scholarship that enables the winners of the "Americas' Best" competition to attend the Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony. Information about the conference will be available online at as well as by calling NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-NAPT.

For more information regarding the competition and training you may visit the America's Best website.

You can contact any of the America's Best committee members listed.

You may also contact Marshall Casey at (803) 734 – 8250 or email him at

2010 NSBSW Posters Available Through NAPT

2010 National School Bus Safety Week
"Cross In View, It's the Right Thing to Do!"
October 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin to receive them at

Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2010 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Be Aware - Know the Danger Zone!"

Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition , authored by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member 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 (IDEA) 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 (FERPA) 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.

October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.

2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the tentative program for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

NAPT Free Webinar Series

Creating an Environment Where Everyone Can Learn: Addressing bullying and harassment in our schools
May 19, 2010
2:00 to 3:00 PM, ET

Kevin Jennings
Webinar Description: Kids can't learn if they don't feel safe and secure. Period. It's that simple. In this unprecedented outreach to the school transportation industry, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings, who heads the federal Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, will explain the importance of eliminating bullying and harassment as education issues that detract from a student's ability to focus on learning and will discuss how the Education Department plans to create truly safe schools - where every student feels like they belong, where every student feels secure, and where every student feels valued – as part of the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA.)

About the Speaker: Kevin Jennings was appointed by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2009 as Assistant Deputy Secretary to head the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Kevin is the first career educator to hold this position and brings to this role 25 years of experience as, a teacher, a writer, and a leader in the fields of K-12 education and civil rights.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., he became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University. He taught high school history for ten years during which he served as faculty advisor for the nation's first gay-Straight Alliance student club and also founded the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1990, launching his life's dedication to seeking to ensure that schools are safe places where every young person can focus on learning. In 1995 he left teaching to become GLSEN's founding Executive Director, a position he held for 14 years before stepping down in late 2008.

Mr. Jennings was named in 1997 to Newsweek magazine's Century Club as one of 100 people to watch in the new century. He received his master's degree in interdisciplinary studies in education in 1994 from Columbia University and earned an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1999. He has authored six books, the latest of which, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son, was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association in 2006. He was also a writer and producer of the documentary Out of the Past, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Documentary. Among his many honors Mr. Jennings has received the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Human & Civil Rights Award of the National Education Association, and the Diversity Leadership Award of the National Association of Independent Schools.

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Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.To get real Ground Traffic Control™ visit or call 1.877.843.3847.
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