Safety & Security

30 Years of Proving Their Limits

MARSHALL, Mich. — In a moment, the nervous driver behind the wheel will depress the accelerator and head down a narrow course of orange cones. The lane will dead-end in 60 feet, and the instructor will tell her to swerve right or left. Behind her, four drivers pay attention to every detail, hoping to learn something before it’s their turn.This two-day course at the Eaton Proving Grounds is her chance to conquer the potentially deadly hazards that could paralyze a driver on the safety of a professional driving course with 14 expert instructors.

Training to Keep Watch

During the 2007 STN EXPO, attendees were introduced to a speaker who carried almost four decades of experience in the criminal justice profession along with a friendly and disarming demeanor. After being introduced at one of the morning sessions, he quickly delved into his area of expertise — child abductions and the predators behind these heinous crimes, which have ended in the deaths of many innocent children and teens.

Funding School Bus Security

In February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced federal grant programs totaling more than $3 billion. Approximately half of the money — $1.7 billion — is divided into four categories, with the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) closely splitting almost 97 percent of the total grants.

Challenge Day, NAPT and Transfinder Want You ... To Join the War on Bullying

For Mike Martin, like many of those involved in bringing the Challenge Day anti-bullying program to the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this month, the war on bullying has personal stakes. Martin knew bullying was one of the core problems facing the industry from the time he became involved with NAPT in the early 1990s. Still, despite being NAPT’s executive director, he didn’t let anyone know until recently that he was bullied as a child.

A Multi-Agency Team Effort

Florida agencies collaborate to create ground-breaking Child Abduction Response Teams

From the first moment a child is missing, there is the immediate fear that they will never be found. That fear is rooted in data from a study performed by the U.S. Department of Justice — 74 percent of all children who are abducted and later found murdered were killed within the first three hours of the kidnapping. For that reason and many others, Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) are used to mobilize state-wide efforts to quickly and successfully locate missing children.

The Carrollton School Bus Crash: Continuing to Heal 20 Years Later

It was a moment that changed the lives of not only those on board the bus, but their loved ones waiting at home. Within seconds of Larry Mahoney’s Toyota pickup smashing into a school bus full of children returning from a church trip to a local amusement park, the gas tank ruptured and fire and black smoke engulfed the bus. When it was over, a total of 27 of the 67 passengers were dead, marking the Carrollton, Ky., school bus crash as the most deadly drunk driving crash in U.S. history.