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News Release    

April 24, 2009      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

2009 School Bus Driver of the Year Award

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce Mr. Floyd Bolde has been named as the winner of the 8th annual School Bus Driver of the Year Award.    The annual award is part of the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s efforts to promote school bus safety.  

County Executive Steinhaus said, “This annual award recognizes a driver who has demonstrated professionalism and has an outstanding safety record.  It is our way of saying thank you for their commitment to our children’s safety and helps to increase public awareness regarding school bus safety issues.” 

Mr. Floyd Bolde, a resident of the Town of Poughkeepsie, has employed in the Arlington Central School District for more than seventeen years.  He was selected as the School Bus Driver of the Year in recognition of his exemplary service and safety record.   According to Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board Administrator William Johnson, Mr. Bolde’s complaint and accident history throughout his 17 plus years of experience driving school buses make him a model bus driver.  “Floyd has driven countless miles in a school bus without an incident or accident, an exceptional achievement given the exposure and growth of our highways. He is a dedicated driver who takes pride in his daily mission of providing safe travel to and from school for the children of the Arlington District,” said Johnson.

Two Wappinger Central School District school bus drivers were also recognized with Honorable Mention; Ms. Pamela Roger, an 18 year WCSD employee and Ms. Suzanne Stanford, a 23 year WCSD employee.

The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s School Bus Driver of the Year award seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. The annual award, now in its eighth year, was initiated to increase public awareness regarding school bus safety issues and to recognize school bus drivers who on a daily basis are responsible for the most important possession of parents, their children.

There is no safer way to transport a child than in a school bus. Every school day nationwide, some 440,000 school buses transport more than 24 million children to and from schools and school-related activities, - almost always without a serious incident. Parents need to know that hands down, the school bus is the safest way to and from school. 

School bus drivers are an integral part of the safe transportation of school children. Crashes and related injuries are prevented by the experience, skill, and daily performance of these highly trained professionals.

Mr. Floyd Bolde was presented with a commemorative plaque as well as a gift package generously donated by the Culinary Institute of America, Brown’s Auto Driving School and Greenbaum & Gillhooley’s Restaurant.

The School Bus Driver of the Year Award is a collaborative partnership with the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the Mid Hudson Transportation Supervisor’s Association.

“Statistics show that an estimated 50,000 motorists illegally pass New York State school buses every day,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “The annual School Bus Driver of the Year award is a great opportunity to remind motorists that our children’s safety is our utmost priority, so make sure you stop when you see the red flashing lights of a school bus.”

The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is a coalition of law enforcement, education, health and service agencies and individuals appointed by the County Executive who are committed to ensuring our streets, sidewalks, and residents remain safe.


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