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The Key to Safer Buses is in One Simple"Click"

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The Key to Safer Buses is in One Simple "Click" Starting in the 1930's, seatbelts were introduced to the public by physicians urging automotive companies to install them into their cars. Today seatbelts are installed in every automobile around the world, save buses. This absence can leave children unprotected to side impact and rollover collisions. This is why school buses should be installed with seat belts and legislation passed to enforce it. "How do you deprive children of using a life-saving device?" Arthur Yeager, the regional coordinator for the National Coalition for School Bus Safety (NCSBS), asks this. Without seat belts, children can be tossed around in the bus and can sustain injuries. ...read more.


Parents are able to teach their children about this issue while in their car, but cannot continue their training when the child goes to school for the first time and is not required to wear a seat belt. This teaching technique is a sound one in getting children to buckle up and stay safe, but is interrupted when the school busses do not require them. Use of seat belts in school buses will reinforce the educational messages the parents have taught their children and have a "carryover effect". Child psychologists believe that repetitive action is the best way to teach children, and if children are taught to use seat belts in school buses, they are more likely to use seat belts in other vehicles and as they get older. ...read more.


This cost is purely insignificant compared to one human life. Furthermore, the cost effectiveness of $1.80 per child elsewhere in the school is not very effective; It doesn't buy much for the school. There are also no federal standards for lap belt installation in school buses. This makes it even more cost effective because there is no need to buy expensive government equipment when less expensive equipment will suffice. Injured parties have instituted legal action against the schools, dealers and manufactures for failure to provide seat belts. As you can see, seat belts are a necessary safety measure in buses as well as any other automobiles. Children everywhere are in need of guidance to wear seat belts and these belts have the potential to save their lives. Answer their call, and pass legislation on bus seat belts in your town. ...read more.

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