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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Trucker charged for passing school bus, nearly striking girl

Allen H. Morris is being charged with two misdemeanors after passing a stopped school bus and almost hitting Alexis Schwartz, a sixth-grade student who was about to board the bus. The bus video shows how the truck nearly ran over Schwartz, who was not injured.



School bus monitor falls from moving bus

Kentucky State Police report that as the school bus monitor was retrieving a clipboard in the stairwell, the bus driver swerved to avoid mailboxes, and the monitor fell through the door. The monitor was critically injured.



District’s back to school safety drills engage, inspire drivers

Activities styled on the television reality show “The Amazing Race” and a court trial got school bus drivers for J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 in San Tan Valley, Arizona, thinking about the theme for the new school year, “Safety by Choice, Not by Chance.”




Virtual Tour: Collins Bus plant

Take a spin through Collins Bus Corp.’s South Hutchinson, Kansas, facility to get a glimpse of how the company's Type A school buses are built and tested.




Survey gauges school administrators on bus safety, bullying

In a national survey on K-12 school safety conducted by SchoolReach, only 15% of top school administrators ranked their districts as highly prepared to handle school bus safety incidents. Also, survey respondents ranked the school bus as one of the top four sites where students are reporting bullying.



Michigan district buses featured in disaster film

Eleven of Perry School District’s buses were featured in the tornado disaster movie “Into the Storm,” which was filmed in 2012 and opened in theaters nationwide on Aug 8. The district got from $7,000 to $9,000 for each of its three oldest buses, applied that money toward the cost of eight new buses, and leased those buses to Warner Bros. for another $3,000.



Pinpointing a Successful Stop-arm Camera Program

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal-passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on ways to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.


STI unveils safety app

SchoolWheels SafeStop allows parents, students and schools to securely pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, according to the company.


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