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Feds unveil 'blueprint' to eliminate distracted driving
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced a national distracted driving initiative that pushes 11 states without laws against the deadly practice to enact them. He also urged Congress to adopt a national ban on cellphones. LaHood's "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" also challenges automakers to adopt guidelines for technology to reduce the distraction on devices built or brought into vehicles. More

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Keep the children in your life safe from heatstroke: Always look before you lock
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To a child, the warm weather that summer brings means a host of great things — trips to the beach, longer days and ice cream cones. But it can also mean potential dangers, such as being left in an overheated car. That's why National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland recently traveled to San Antonio, where he joined Texas Department of Transportation officials, safety advocates, health professionals and families who have suffered heatstroke tragedies to discuss ways to prevent child deaths and injuries in hot cars. More

Stiffer roads could save billions
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Asphalt may feel hard, but it actually squishes when your car rolls over it. That little indentation costs us tons of extra cash. Time to firm up our streets. More

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Attitude training reduces bullying
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A new Canadian program is reducing school-based bullying behavior by changing attitudes in the classroom. University of Alberta researchers use the educational program to rid schools of bullying behavior specifically directed at students who stutter. The program has been so effective at changing attitudes in the classroom that researchers say the template could be used to modify other undesirable behaviors. More

LaHood: DOT's hands are tied on airline seat fees
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently told a Senate panel that he's been urging airlines against charging more for popular seats, but that he can't force them to do what he wants. Airline fees are increasingly contentious. In a letter May 29, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged airlines to stop charging extra for window and aisle seats because he argued the fees could force families to pay more to sit next to each other. More

General Electric: King of alternative energy
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General Electric has announced that it will be opening an Innovation Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Solutions. The facility will be located at GE Capital Fleet Services' headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn. The center allows GE's clients to view new research and development projects the company is developing in the alternative fuel vehicles that are powered by liquefied natural gas such as propane, methane, hydrogen, electric, compressed natural gas and natural gas. More

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Green Lane Project to increase safety and put motorists, bicyclists at ease
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Although National Bike Month has come to a close, there's good news for bicyclists and motorists in six cities today: The Green Lane Project from Bikes Belong is underway. Recently in Chicago, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez was on hand for the official launch. More

Clean diesel technology plays key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
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The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton recently emphasized the role of clean diesel technology in lowering greenhouse gas emissions in a special event organized by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in Stockholm, Sweden. According to Secretary Clinton, active cooperation is essential to solve this crisis, especially from the private sector, including diesel truck manufacturers, oil and gas companies and green tech companies that can assist in converting methane to clean energy. More

Family of boy, 12, who hanged himself points to bullying
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While the circumstances leading to Joel Morales' recent death were uncertain, the issue of bullying has come to the fore in recent years after a series of suicides of young boys and girls around the country. Many states, including New York, have passed laws requiring schools to develop anti-bullying curriculums and to take action against students who harass others. More


Like us on Facebook and you can win big!
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This month we are giving away three free conference registrations and complimentary hotel stays in Memphis for the 2012 NAPT Summit. It's easy — all you have to do is like us on Facebook and your name will be entered for a chance to win!

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Good luck! Contest ends July 6.

Save the date for 'America's Best'
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Plans are now under way for the 9th Annual "America's Best" Competition. This year's search for "America's Best" school bus technician and school bus inspector is hosted by Cummins Engine and will take place Sept. 25-28, in Rocky Mount, N.C.

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, Zonar Systems, The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and Voith. Delco Remy is offering scholarships to technicians that wish to participate. Hydrotex and Zonar offer scholarships that enable each winner to attend the NAPT Annual Summit. This year's summit takes place Oct. 20-25, in Memphis, Tenn.

For additional information, and to register for "America's Best," please visit the website: or their Facebook page. Please contact Marshall Casey with questions at For more summit information, log on to


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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.

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 2012.

Join us — we'll have something for everyone! Watch our Memphis infomercial.

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

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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!

NSBSW posters available through NAPT

2012 National School Bus Safety Week
"I See The Driver — The Driver Sees Me!"
Oct. 22-26

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

Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2011 Poster theme becomes the 2012 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 2012 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black."
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