School Bus Fleet

August 2014

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20 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 Respond Readily to Emergencies with Transf nder's Infof nder mobile With Infof nder mobile, take a photo on-site, attach it to a student, vehicle or trip record and share it in real-time with appropriate personnel. 800.373.3609 | sales@transf | transf RESPOND committee, sees the value in using it to help drivers learn from their mistakes. "We can train the driver [at fault] better and point out to the other driv- ers what not to do," he explains. Treadaway; Perth Amboy's head of security, who's a former state police- man; and the driver trainer ensured that the children were safe in the event of an accident and took care of the post-accident checklist tasks. To further their ability to effectively re- spond to accidents, the transporta- tion team also recently conducted a full-scale accident drill with fre and police department personnel, pupil transportation staff, the district's se- curity team, a camera crew, an EMS team and students. The drill was based on the scenario of a bus full of students being hit by a drunken driver. "If we can prevent [accidents], and keep the kids safer, that's a good thing," he says. able accident. As a result, most driv- ers respond by changing their behav- ior, Vales says. "In reviewing the collisions [with them], you're promoting preventabil- ity, especially if there is some type of reward and consequence," he adds. The committee started by Vales also recognized drivers who took preven- tive actions during group meetings by awarding them with certifcates, to encourage the behavior. "By eliminating unsafe or less safe behaviors, you'll reduce your rate of accidents," he says. To provide meaningful remediation that keeps drivers from having an- other offense, Vales adds that drivers were rotated through the committee to give them a better understanding of their job expectations and the con- sequence of having an accident. Like Vales, Edmund Treadaway, for- mer transportation manager of Perth Amboy (N.J.) Public Schools, who worked on forming a post-accident cused on "learning what happened, trying to determine why it happened and then training so it does not hap- pen again." Training opportunity reduces future incidents An additional beneft of the com- mittee is that it serves as an effective training tool for drivers, says Steve Vales, supervisor of transportation at St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools in Reserve, Louisiana. Vales started a post-accident review com- mittee at Tangipahoa Parish School System in Amite, Louisiana, when he was transportation supervisor there. The committee can provide all driv- ers, not just those involved in the ac- cidents, with information on what preventive actions could have been taken in certain situations, such as being prepared for unusual weather, road conditions and traffc. This helps them understand how and why they will be held accountable in a prevent-

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