September 30, 2013 @ 6:34 AM

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the New York Association For Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) Committee and Board meetings where safety is a #1 priority. The members come from all over New York State to represent the 2.3 million children who ride a school bus in NYS each day.

Despite the stress of beginning a new school year and transportation personnel doing more with less, the Board of Directors and members of NYAPT made time to meet and are setting their safety priorities for the 2013-2014 school year. NYAPT committees are actively involved in important issues involving pupil safety, professional development of transportation staff and legislation that ensures the school bus is as safe and efficient as possible. 

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September 9, 2013 @ 6:58 AM

Fall is a time when things seem to slow down and early morning daylight is no exception. This time of year the sun takes its time and many of us are at work before the sun comes up.

When your day begins in a yard of larger vehicles, such as school buses or dump trucks, be aware the drivers of those larger vehicles may not see you walking to yours. Wearing light colored or reflective clothing helps and so does your ability to be alert to the back-up beeper. Also, when walking through the yard do not use your cell phone - distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving!

When beginning to pre-trip your vehicle and the driver next to you has just finished, it's a good idea to let them know you are there. A friendly "...

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September 5, 2013 @ 5:56 PM

For many children in our neighborhoods this time of year is the first week of school. Although summer may be officially over, a new season of safety is about to begin. Yellow school buses, school zones, and changing road conditions become part of our daily routines. When you see that yellow bus you can be certain there are children nearby.

I encourage you to slow down and proceed with caution. This goes for school zones too; you can expect heavier traffic, bicycles and pedestrians. This time of year weather related road conditions can change quickly and learning to slow down could save a life! 

Try to leave a few minutes earlier and give yourself enough time for the yellow school bus. Rushing is a safety hazard and can cause ............

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