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Hot Topic: Shuttered At press time, the partial federal government shutdown was


the longest in U.S. history. The ramifications are not only affecting government agencies like the Transportation Security Administration, but also the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Not to mention the effect on working-class federal employees, the shutdown forced to NTSB suspend several investigations, including a school bus crash, due to lack of funding. Read more at stnonline.com/blogs.


Hot Topics: Safety at Bus Stops A rise in bus stop awareness has once again risen to the forefront


SAFETY BUS STOP


of conversations among school district, state and national officials after Jake Thomas Patterson recently told investigators he first planned to abduct Jayme Closs after seeing her disembark from her Wisconsin school bus last year. Read the interesting analysis of this case from a 40-plus year veteran of criminal justice, Dr. Duane Dobbert. stnonline.com/go/4c


Heroes & Heartbreak • After an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and hit her head-on, a


North Carolina school bus driver kept control of the vehicle long enough to avoid any major injuries to herself and the students on board. stnonline.com/go/43


• Meanwhile, another school bus driver in Texas played Santa Claus in December for the students on his route. stnonline.com/go/wr


• A New Jersey school bus driver was cited for causing a crash that sent 14 students to the hospital. The bus driver allegedly made an unsafe left turn, causing it to collide with a tractor-trailer and roll off the roadway. stnonline.com/go/wr


• Three siblings were waiting on the side of the road for their school bus in Pennsylvania, when another driver hit them. All three siblings were transported to area hospitals, where the 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead. stnonline.com/go/31


School Bus Garage? Do you forecast a need for a new bus garage facility


over the next five years? Yes No Work has already begun


Vote in this month’s poll at stnonline.com/polls


Tired of Higher Tire Prices? Many tire manufactures, including Bridgestone


North America, reported increases in tire prices heading into 2019. An STN survey concluded that school districts are already seeing at least a 1 percent increase. Read Robert T. Pudlewski’s observations and tips to obtain the most life out of your tires. More on the recent price increases can be found at stnonline.com/tag/tires.


14 School Transportation News • FEBRUARY 2019


NTSB PHOTO BY PETER KNUDSON


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