"DANGER ZONE" MAGNETS PROVE TO BE VERY
POPULAR GIVE-AWAY AT M.A.P.T. CONFERENCE
Every conference registrant got one, and a few lucky folks won a package
of 12 at the Thursday evening banquet. But a lot of people want to know
how to get additional Danger Zone magnets so that they can place one in
each of their buses. Scroll down below the image to get ordering information.
To order additional Danger Zone magnets, please contact
Parts Sales Manager
Midwest Transit Equipment
1113-A Falcon Crest
Nixa, MO 65714
Office (866) 725-9339
Cell (417) 343-1078
CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL SAFETY WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE DESPITE LOSS OF FEDERAL FUNDING
In an email dated May 28, Gary Moore of the Center for Educational Safety in Jefferson City told M.A.P.T. Executive Director Shirley Francis that CES "will be in operation past August 31, 2014. The federal funding expired; however funds were dedicated by the legislatures to keep CES alive." Moore also said that school districts across Missouri can now start booking the Active Shooter presentation if they so desire.
For additional information, contact Gary Moore, Center for Educational Safety, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109 (573) 638-7501 ext. 415
You can email Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their web site at www.moces.org
On January 18, 2011, a 6-year-old Callaway County, Missouri boy was run over and killed by his own school bus after getting off the bus at his home. A Missouri State Highway Patrol report on the accident concluded that the bus driver did not wait long enough after the student got off to clear the area around the bus before he set the bus in motion again.
One year to the day after the accident, the 78-year-old bus driver, who had pled guilty two months earlier to second degree involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to four years in prison. However, the judge suspended the sentence, and placed the driver on five years' probation. He cannot drive any vehicle, let alone a school bus, and must perform 100 hours of community service, speaking to area bus drivers about school bus safety. The victim's grief-stricken parents did not want to see the driver spend time behind bars. Instead, they wanted to use the tragedy to educate bus drivers and riders on the potential hazzards so that no other family would have to suffer the loss of a child. Members of the victim's family said the case was not about revenge, but about preventing something like this from happening again.
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation (M.A.P.T.) in cooperation with the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) has produced a video about the North Calloway accident, entitled "DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened."
M.A.P.T. wishes to thank the MSBA for allowing us to post a link to the video, as a means of educating school bus professionals and the general public of the possible tragic consequences of distraced driving.
To view the video, click here