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Don't Reward Risk: Swine Flu and Perfect Attendance
from New Jersey News
Going to school every day can be hazardous to your health - and the health of others. Roselle Park in New Jersey recently joined several districts around the state, including Bridgewater-Raritan, Secaucus, Flemington and Kenilworth, in scratching perfect attendance recognitions for the school year. The message to parents: Keep sick children home.
Stop Texting-Drivers - Or Lose Highway Funds
from Business Week
The Senate should pass the ALERT Drivers Act of 2009 (known in long form as the "Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act"), which would require states to adopt penalties against people who text while driving - or forfeit 25 percent of highway financing. Pro or con?
School Districts and Private Contractor Buses
from The Morning Call
Privatized school transportation has been a popular choice for administrators and directors weighing savings and convenience against the potential costs and headaches of running a district bus fleet. But events in East Penn School District in Pennsylvania underscored one big drawback with such arrangements - the possibility of a sudden and disruptive strike.
Penalties, Perks in Texting-While-Driving Bills
from PC Magazine
What would be more effective in getting you to stop texting while driving – incentives or penalties? Two top senators are betting on incentives. Recently, they introduced a bill that would provide grants to states that enact texting while driving bans.
IBM Unveils New Technology to Help Governments Improve Services for Citizens
IBM unveiled a new software platform designed to fundamentally change the way that local, state and national governments manage and deliver services to the public. The new IBM Government Industry Framework will help agencies of all sizes use new technologies to transform their existing support and delivery processes, thus allowing them to more efficiently deploy limited resources and respond more quickly to everything from public emergencies to the delivery of social services.
Cameras Help Nab Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses
from The Ithaca Journal
Cameras on school buses at three New York school districts have nabbed dozens of drivers who illegally passed stopped buses, prompting calls to expand the pilot program statewide. Brewster in Putnam County, Bethlehem in Albany County and Canandaigua in Ontario County voluntarily participated in the 40-day program, which was funded by a roughly $40,000 federal grant through the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
BUS-WATCH® by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
School Bus Drivers Embrace Safety Tool
from KVUE - TV
The Eanes Independent School District in Texas passed out safety tools to its bus riders - flashing red lights for elementary school riders. "Safety is always job one at Eanes and certainly with transportation," said Tim Wysong, Eanes ISD transportation director.
Electric Vehicle Batteries Could Reduce Household Peak Power Demand
from Government Technology
Running household appliances off an electric vehicle's batteries during peak demand or a power outage is a concept explored in a paper: The Simulation of Vehicle-to-Home Systems - Using Electric Vehicle Battery Storage to Smooth Domestic Electricity Demand.
Strike Shows Other Side of Privatization
from Hattiesburg American
Hinds County school district administrators in Mississippi have been learning the hard way that "contracting out" can be a practice fraught with peril. Their instructor is Teamsters Local 891. The administrators were sent scrambling by notice that school bus drivers employed by Ohio-based First Student to serve the district's 6,685 students would be going out on strike.
NAPT and 247Security Inc Announce An Exciting New Offer to NAPT Members
from 247Security and NAPT
For a limited time, 247Security's new 600 series DVR will be offered to NAPT members at a 'made for NAPT' price that could save NAPT members up to $1 million dollars.
2009 Elections to Feature Electronic Balloting
All NAPT members can vote electronically in the association's 2009 elections. Any time between 10 a.m., EST on Monday, Nov. 2, and 12 noon, EST on Wednesday, Nov. 4, NAPT members can go to the NAPT web site, click on the link entitled "2009 Elections," and log in to the online election site using your NAPT user name and member number. The site contains a profile of each candidate and a ballot for each election.
In order to access the election ballot, you must know your current NAPT user name and member number and be a current, active member of NAPT. If you do not know your user name and member number, you will not be able to vote online. If you are unsure of this information or your membership status, please contact NAPT headquarters before Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 800-989-NAPT or via email. More
|| Product Showcase: Innovative Transportation Solutions|
|Innovative Transportation Solutions "iTS" – formally known as Region 4 Transportation Solutions: In order to serve you better Region 4 Transportation Solutions has changed its name. Bring a copy of this article from the NAPT Multi View News Brief to booth #537 and ask about the services "iTS" provides and receive our cute school bus gift. Visit our web site at www.itranssolutions.org|
|| Product Showcase: UltraLED
The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info|
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Real-time Bus and Student Locator
Adjust transportation services on-the-go, respond to events and compare real-time data versus planned with VEO AVL from Trapeze. Using automatic vehicle location technology, VEO AVL monitors bus and student locations at all times and lets you compare AVL data with planned route data to drive further efficiencies, cost savings and improved safety and security. Download more information.
|| Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING|
ZONAR'S ZING is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info
|| Product Showcase: EduRunBuilder|
EduRunBuilder captures GPS and transportation specific data using a basic cell phone, making route data collection simple! The intuitive interface requires almost no training or understanding of software operations and audible voice prompts make the process fool proof. Simply put, there is no easier or quicker way to gather required transportation information than EduRunBuilder. More info