Room 5300 legislative office building hartford, ct 06106-1591 states requiring seat belts on school buses by: paul frisman, principal analyst issue you asked for information about federal and state school bus seat belt laws this report updates the information provided in olr report. The question comes up often: if cars and trucks have seat belts, why not the buses carrying some tens of millions of kids each day in 2008, then alabama's governor bob riley kicked off a three-year pilot project to determine the impact of seat belts on school buses (jamie martin/ap) federal agencies like. Essential question: what are the best ways to help keep students safe on school buses do you think school districts should require all buses to have seat belts if your school bus had seat belts, would you wear one why or why not. What is the difference for many years, the lack of seat belts on school buses issue has been brought up countless times why do school buses not have seat belts according to the nhtsa, due to the weight of buses, they distribute crash forces differently than passenger vehicles this changes the crash. The question has come up again after the deadly school bus crash in liberty county. School bus seat belts protect children in rollovers: for bumpy rides and fender benders, high seat backs and extra padding is sufficient however, in the event of a rollover accident, children may be tossed and flung about the cabin of the bus seat belts eliminate this problem by keeping children fastened to. In my april/may issue column (“compartmentalization plus”), i argued that lap- shoulder belts can work together with compartmentalization to enhance the safety of school bus passengers if you've followed the industry's debate on seat belts in school buses over the years, you won't be surprised that my latest editorial on the.
Mindy cloyes has three children who ride the bus to school and is thrilled to know hcps is taking steps to better protect her kids i think it's fabulous from a safety perspective that they will have seat belts on buses, she said fellow parent tammy leopold added, purely from a safety issue, when you hear. Point seat belts on school buses the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) supports 3-point seat belts in school buses “nothing is more important than the lives and safety of our children,” said white “i served with rep lang in the house and appreciate his commitment to this issue over. This article examines current state legislation relating to the installation of seat belts on school buses and discusses points from both sides of the argument what might seem at first glance like a fairly straightforward issue has been nothing but as state budgets are slashed and differing opinions clash in state legislatures. Michigan school buses would have to have seatbelts for students, under a new bill introduced in the house on wednesday, jan for a long time, the national highway traffic safety administration's official stance on the issue is that crash protection on school buses is best done by “compartmentalization,.
At schoolbusfleetcom, the issue of whether or not to add seat belts to school buses is even in conflict amongst the groups that represent school bus manufacturers according to that publication, the national association for pupil transportation (napt) and the national school transportation association. 'states debate requiring seat belts on school buses” (march 14) raised an emotional issue mandating seat belts on buses seems logical, just as for cars it seems like a no-brainer i am a former school bus driver, having spent more than seven years driving 200-plus k-12 kids 100 miles each day i know. The national highway safety transportation agency (nhtsa), the governing body of school bus regulations, has done much research on this subject and concluded that seatbelts are not required in large school buses however, in a new ruling in 2009, it was determined that small type a school buses.
But it helps to keep in mind that with or without seat belts, school buses that meet federal regulations are still the safest way to transport children and while the installation of seat belts on buses is certainly worth further consideration, parents should keep the matter in perspective with the other pressing issues that affect. We know the wheels on the bus go round and round the question now before school transportation and safety officials is whether seat belts on the bus should go click, click, click if you believe the latest research, school buses are, by far, the safest way for students to get to school more than 25 million.
However, it was only last year that nhtsa administrator mark rosekind came out in favor of lap and shoulder belts on buses nhtsa has not always spoken with a clear voice on the issue of seat belts on school buses so let me clear up any ambiguity now: the position of the national highway traffic. Advocates for seat belts on school buses say they should be required to protect children from being seriously injured or killed in crashes opponents say school buses are already very safe and question whether children can quickly unbuckle and evacuate in some emergencies school districts also are. A deadly school bus accident in chattanooga, tennessee, has revived an old question: should school buses have seat belts experts weigh in.
The federal government has established 35 safety standards to help ensure safe school bus transportation and states are free to pass even stricter regulations one area still up for debate is that of occupant protection on school buses although safety belts provide excellent protection in passenger vehicles, the effectiveness. The seat belts on school transport (scotland) bill was introduced in the scottish parliament by gillian martin following discussions with uk counterparts, devolution of power on the issue was agreed keith a detailed description of the consultation on the issue of seat belts in school transport vehicles. Belts can make a big difference, but resistance to putting them on school buses still persists why because of misinformationdespite evidence that seat belts save lives, reduce injuries, curb bullying, improve behavior, and decrease driver distraction, districts won't put them on their buses it's become a matter of priorities,.
They point to the good safety records, question whether children can quickly unbuckle and evacuate buses in some emergencies, and balk at the estimated $7,000 to $10,000 cost of adding seat belts to a new school bus already priced at $80,000 to $120,000 retrofitting buses already on the road would. School bus seat belts: pros & cons in any rational dialogue on a topic, it is good to consider the pros and cons some good things about seat belts on school buses: prevents children from being thrown from their seats teaches children to use seat belts their use may protect against litigation can. Then, the bus made a turn, i was unprepared, and i tipped into the aisle, catching myself with a hand to the floor i wasn't hurt at all – just very embarrassed – and i distinctly remember thinking, why don't school buses have seat belts it's a good question all fifty states require us to buckle up in cars, and children must use. This article examines both side of the issue of seat belts on school buses.