School Bus Fleet

October 2014

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feedback 6 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 in conjunction with the red lights and stop arm. I'm curious what South Caroli- na's crossing procedures are. Although having the driver out direct- ing traffc during the crossing helps in curbing illegal passing, amazingly it still does happen. STEVEN FRICKE Offcer California Highway Patrol Rohnert Park, California I am a frm believer that a school bus driver tells the student when to cross the road by either a large hand motion across the windshield or verbally on an exterior PA [public address system], or a combination of both. A long warning blast on the bus horn can also be used if the students are properly trained to heed that warning. This picture leaves many unanswered questions, and a stop-arm camera would not have prevented the tragedy. In an incident [in May] in Minnesota, a semi-tractor trailer traveling at high- way speeds passed a stopped school bus on the right side and passed between the open bus door, a mailbox, and the stu- dent on the end of the driveway and con- tinued down the highway. Three days later many TV stations showed the video and ran the complete story with a Minne- sota state trooper asking for anyone able to identify the semi-tractor trailer. A few hours later the driver of the truck called the State Patrol and identifed himself. Without the camera system, the truck driver may not have come forward. DWIGHT PUTZKE Cold Spring, Minnesota There are laws in place, but they are no good since there is poor enforcement and they are therefore considered a joke by many drivers. Besides more focus on ed- ucating drivers, there needs to be tough- er enforcement and serious consequences for running the fashing red lights. ANONYMOUS Loading depiction questioned I have worked in the school bus indus- try at the same school division for more than 40 years and have en- joyed your magazine. I re- cently saw the Photo Con- test in your current edition and have a question re- garding one of the winning pictures [August 2014 is- sue, pg. 38]. I am currently a trans- portation supervisor and also a certi- fed driver trainer. I'm wondering how a picture of a school bus that is not load- ing with its loading door on the curb- side could be the winner of a school bus photo contest. School buses should never be loaded when children are exposed to traffc on a roadway or driveway. Our industry is all about the safe trans- portation of schoolchildren, and this pic- ture certainly doesn't express that, in my opinion. BILL LAING Transportation Supervisor Selkirk, Manitoba Inspired by Ed Bobit What an inspiring man ["How Ed Bo- bit impacted pupil transportation," Au- gust 2014 issue, pg. 68, and SBF Blog, July 3]. The stories I have read about this man in this publication are amazing. He is truly a force to look up to, as many have. RIP knowing that you made a dif- ference, Mr. Bobit. MARY MATTHEWS Manager Lamers Bus Lines Wausaukee, Wisconsin Thoughts on stop-arm running [Re: "Stop-arm incident photo is worth 1,000 words," August 2014 issue, pg. 6, and SBF Blog, June 16.] I'm an offcer for the California High- way Patrol, and I oversee the school bus/student transportation industry in Sonoma County, California. First, our thoughts go out to the student and fam- ily after such a serious incident. Here in California, it is mandated that the school bus driver exit the bus and cross students with a hand-held stop sign WRITE TO US We welcome letters expressing opinions on SCHOOL BUS FLEET and topics it covers. Letters may be edited and become property of the magazine. Send comments to or Editor, SCHOOL BUS FLEET, 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503. 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