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An extra set of eyes
Coeur d'Alene Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That third-grader who can't resist the urge to grab another child's hat may think he's going to get away with it, but if he does it on a school bus, there's a pretty good chance the act will be captured on video. Security cameras have provided an extra set of eyes on school buses in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls, Idaho, for about two decades. Cameras have become the norm on school buses nationwide, said David Anderson, who represents Region 5, including Idaho, on the National Association for Pupil Transportation's board of directors. Anderson, head of transportation for Adams Five Star Schools just outside Denver, Colo., told The Press that all 150 buses in his district are equipped with digital camera systems that are used daily for a variety of purposes. More

New bus pass system smooth transition for New York students
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Rochester City School leaders recently announced the district's new bus pass system which went into effect two weeks ago for some students was a smooth transition. The change started Tuesday, Nov. 13 to reduce the number of students who wait downtown to transfer buses from one location to another in the mornings. More

Energy Department announces new clean cities projects to diversify US fuel economy, prepare for advanced vehicles
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As part of the Obama administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced on Nov. 19, 20 new projects to help states and local governments cut red tape and develop the infrastructure, training and regional planning needed to help meet the demand for alternative fuel cars and trucks, including vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity and propane. These projects build on the important steps the Obama administration has taken to expand the transportation options available for businesses and communities and improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles in the market today and for years to come. More

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With bullying, what's a parent to do?
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When children have academic problems, report cards make that clear to parents. And if a child skins a knee or breaks a bone, parents know what to do. But detecting that a child is being bullied, and then knowing how to react, may not be so clear-cut. Children often are reluctant to tell their parents they're being bullied, making it difficult to know that they're having trouble with other children at school or online. One thing that's very clear, however, is that bullying is not a rare occurrence. More

Study: More people surfing Web while driving
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Motorists can add a new term to the distracted-driving dictionary: Webbing. Smartphone ownership is on the rise, and so too is surfing the Internet while driving, according to insurer State Farm. During a four-year study, the insurer polled nearly 4,000 drivers 18 and older, and the data show an increase in motorists using the Web while driving. More

Woman who drove around bus speaks
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VideoBriefAn Ohio woman caught on camera driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus is speaking out for the first time about her conviction. Recently, lawmakers took a step closer to making the penalties for doing that much stronger. Cleveland city councilman Kevin Conwell, who also heads the council's Safety Committee introduced an emergency ordinance making passing a stopped school bus a more serious offense. "It's the safety of our children, the safety for our children is first thing first and we live through our kids," Conwell told council members. More

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Study: School bullying often victimizes children with intelligence or talent
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More than 90 percent of British children have been bullied or have witnessed someone being bullied due to their intelligence or talent, a survey by the U.K.-based Anti-Bullying Alliance has found. The research indicates that more than a quarter of the 1,000 11-16 year-olds surveyed, or 27.3 percent, have quit an activity they enjoy for fear of being bullying. About half have downplayed a talent for the same reason — a number that rises to 53 percent among girls. When it comes to core academic subjects, 1 in 10 children say they have made an effort to hide their science ability, while nearly 1 in 5 girls and more than 1 in 10 boys deliberately underachieve in math to evade bullying. More

Clean Energy Coalition working to help meet alternative fuel vehicles demand
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A Michigan-based organization has been awarded a new project to help cut red tape and develop the infrastructure, training and regional planning to help meet demand for alternative fuel vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that the Clean Energy Coalition in Ann Arbor will handle the project. It is part of a broader $11 million federal investment that's aimed at expanding transportation options and improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles on the market. More

Distracted driving: The 1-second safety lesson
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Doug Wyllie writes, "A car travelling at 25 miles per hour covers how many feet in one second? I didn't know either, so I had to do the math to find that the answer is 36.666 feet. Now, how long does it take for you to glance down at your mobile phone to read a message? Yeah ... about a second. I've learned from my good friend and PoliceOne colleague Brian Willis that life's most important question is "What's important now?" When we're behind the wheel, the answer to the question "What's important now?" is putting our attention into our driving, not into a glowing rectangular screen. More

NHTSA deputy director to work for Google's self-driving cars division
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's deputy director will be leaving the government agency to pursue a career with Google. Ron Medford, deputy director of the NHTSA, has announced that he will be leaving his current position to become the director of safety for self-driving cars at Google. More

Review: The Bully Society
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In The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools, Jessie Klein examines the connection between bullying and school shootings in America. Klein notes that the majority of school shootings take place in predominately white, middle/upper class, small towns. Even though school shootings tend to be described as isolated events that are blamed on factors outside of school — such as video games and music — most shooters stated that the bullying they endured lead to them lashing out to prove themselves as masculine, tough and aggressive to other students. More

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