California Association of School Transportation Officials

School Bus Safety Roadeos

Congratulations to Antonio Perez, Director of Transportation, National School District. He is your new Roadeo Vice Chair.

The main focus of a School Bus Roadeo is SAFETY.

The more training and practice a driver has the safer he or she will be.

At the Roadeo drivers compete against each other using their skills in precision driving. Each event is either timed or measured to determine the score. The events consist of an obstacle course which includes backing, parallel parking, student loading/unloading, right and left hand turns, and written exams on rules and regulations and vehicle inspection

Roadeo is a great skill builder that is beneficial to the drivers, the company, school district and the students that ride the bus.

The California Association of School Transportation Officials, would like to congratulate all of the school bus drivers for competing at the 48th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted by the National School Transportation Association in Philadelphia, PA .   The event began with a written test on general rules and  regulations. Then drivers competed on a difficult course utilizing their behind-the-wheel skills to achieve the maximum score of 725 points.  There are three categories of buses: Transit, Conventional and Small Bus.

A breakdown of all the California winners in each category is as follows:

Transit Bus

1st Place:  Victor Garza, Newport Mesa USD, Costa Mesa, CA

3rd Place:  Sergio Duenas, Durham School Services, San Bernardino, CA

 Conventional Bus

 7th Place:  Ryan Bakeman, Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, Lancaster, CA

9th Place:  Les Johnson, Student Transportation of America, Santa Maria, CA     

 Small Bus

4th Place:  Bryan Brooks, West County Transportation Agency, Sonoma, Ca                           

Congratulations to all of our California schoo

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