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Halloween is scary enough — keep it safe by driving sober
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From pumpkin carving, to costume parties, to trick-or-treating, Halloween is an exciting holiday for Americans of all ages — not just our children. In fact, many of the ghosts and goblins you'll see this Halloween season are young adults heading out to bars, restaurants, and private homes to celebrate. Unfortunately, sometimes the most frightening part of Halloween isn't the spooky costumes and scary pranks. Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the number of drunk drivers on our roads. If you're heading out to celebrate this year, make sure you plan a safe and sober way of getting home. More

Bus driver hailed as hero in freak accident
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Pat Coen, superintendent of the WACO School District, calls Neil Reichenbach a hero. Reichenbach was the driver of a school bus that was struck by a piece of plywood on Oct. 24, near the rural town of Martinsburg, Iowa. It resulted in the bus windshield being shattered. The school bus was carrying more than 30 football players from WACO High School to their Class A playoff game against Lynnville-Sully. "Neil was the hero of the whole deal because while the windshield was caving in around him, he was able to go from highway speed and get off on the side of the road without wrecking," said Coen. More

Parents use technology to monitor teen drivers
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When Rich Pilat's daughter, Jennifer, was 16 and just starting to drive on her own, he wanted to install a device in her car that would monitor her driving activity and allow him to track where she went — along with whether she had done any sudden braking or had been speeding. More

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Trooper rides on school bus to promote safety
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Children climb off the school bus and wait until driver Mary Taylor gives them the thumbs up signal, telling them it's okay to cross the road. Taylor, other school bus drivers and the West Virginia State Police are asking other motorists to use just as much caution when students are getting on and off school buses. This past week was National School Bus Safety Week, so state troopers have been riding aboard school buses — and following them — to help catch drivers who ignore stop signs that the buses deploy when students are getting off or climbing aboard. More

Addressing school bullying and dropout rates through gay-straight alliances
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Over the next year the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, through an initiative funded by the Hyams Foundation, will help at least three Boston schools foster safer environments for LGBQ/T students by helping to establish gay-straight alliances. At a time when reports indicate rising levels of bullying and harassment toward students, particularly LGBQ/T students of color, this initiative marks an important step toward creating schools that are more welcoming and inclusive. More

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Students 'flip' for digital learning
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Students today live in a wired world. Educators strive to assure high school and post-secondary success for each student. It's a good idea to recognize where students live outside the classroom and provide learning experiences that are real, relevant and engaging during the school day and beyond. This means creating innovative learning environments built around a culture that empowers, curricula that engages, and technology that enables. More

'Operation Safe Stop' aims to enforce school bus stop laws
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VideoBrief Police are keeping a closer eye on school bus stops by patrolling the Pittsburgh, Pa., area in unmarked cars, looking for drivers who violate school bus stop laws. The new program, called "Operation Safe Stop," is intended to make sure drivers are abiding by school bus stop laws. More

'Look Before You Book' this holiday season and every time you travel by bus
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As the weather gets cooler and the leaves on the trees change color, many Americans start to think about booking their holiday travel. If you're planning on taking a motorcoach to visit friends and family this holiday season, or if you know someone who is, be sure to check out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's SaferBus app for your iPhone or iPad or visit FMCSA's passenger carrier information site. More

School bus drivers warn lack of maintenance puts students at risk
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VideoBriefThe California Highway Patrol has acknowledged to the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that the agency has never investigated school bus maintenance problems exposed by bus drivers working for Durham School Services. Two veteran bus drivers aired their concerns to the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit in May. They risked their careers and their paychecks to expose what they called a consistent pattern of buses breaking down and not getting repaired. More

8 tips to stop your teen's texting and driving habit
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Distracted drivers killed more than 3,000 people in car crashes in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's a particularly deadly problem for teens, as the family of 17-year-old Alex Brown knows tragically well. She died in a single-vehicle crash while texting and driving on her way to school in 2009. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens, and they're also among the most likely to talk and text behind the wheel. More
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