Safety & Security

Roundup: Weed Hits Close to Home, Murder Victim Found Near Bus Stop and More

With anxiety that could go up in smoke, a Bakersfield mother voiced her concern after spotting what looked like a medical marijuana dispensary in close proximity to some school bus stops by claiming that “they're making it too easy for our children to come in contact with these stores.” The alleged dispensary was set up in an office-type trailer on a vacant lot, which is behind a locked gate, and there's a fence around three sides of the space.

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On Board the School Bus: Terrorism and Security

The free School Transportation News webinar, "School Buses: The Terrorism Target," on June 28 will discuss various aspects of how terrorism relates to pupil transportation, including a thorough examination of historical perspectives, current trends and future forecasts by presenter Bret E. Brooks. 

New York Survey Finds Illegal Bus Passes Approach 37K Daily

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation released the results of a 2016 survey to measure the incidence of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses. Based on its findings, the NYAPT estimated that throughout the state, school buses are illegally passed 36,857 times.  

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Inspiring Messages Coming to Oklahoma State Conference

Those at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit last fall in Richmond, Virginia were wowed by speaker Scott Burrows, a quadrapeligic with an especially inspirational story of perseverance. Attendees at the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation 41th Annual Summer Conference and Trade Show next month are in for a similar treat.

FMCSA State Inspection Program Would Include School Buses

About a month remains in a public comment period on a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal to require states establish an annual inspection program for all commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that carry passengers, including school buses.

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Roundup: Driver Hands in Keys After 19 Years, A Bus Crashes into Porch and More

For 19 years, Bill Pratt rose at 4:30 every morning and by 6:30 a.m., was picking up special education students from their homes and delivering them to Blount County Schools in a school bus. For 19 years, Bill Pratt completed his morning run by 8:30 a.m., and resumed again between 1:30 and 2 p.m., dropping off the last student at home around 4:30 in the evening. Pratt recently took the final child home and is hanging up his driving cap, retiring at age 84. “I just don’t have the energy anymore,” Pratt said. This is his second retirement, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Pratt retired in August 1979 from his job at the uniform company UniFirst Corp. in Knoxville. After two months, he got stir crazy. “My wife said, ‘You’ve got to get out of here,’” Pratt said. He sought out and received training through Rocky Top School Buses and began driving the special education bus on routes that took him all over the county. “They’re kids that need to be loved,” Pratt said. “You can have a lot of fun just kidding with them.”

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