Schoolbus Safety

Schoolbus safetyA couple of weeks ago a 16 year old student was killed when the schoolbus in which he was riding went off the road. His bus was not equipped with any kind of seat belts. This happened in Connecticut. Before you condemn CT for being behind the times consider the following:

Of all 50 states only California requires both lap and shoulder belts on all schoolbuses. New York, New Jersey and Florida require lap belts and beginning this year Texas is requiring lap belts on new buses. According to most activities to improve schoolbus regulations begin with grassroots movements.

Considering schoolbus safety there are two choices- do nothing and wait for the next tragedy to occur or drive the grassroots movement in your area- help people to understand the risk and the need. Contact local legislatures to author and sponsor a bill. You may also contact your federal representatives and tell them you support changes to the Federal Motor Vehicle safety Standards to include seatbelts on schoolbuses.

You can make a difference.

About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to more than 13 years ago.


2 Responses to “Schoolbus Safety”

  1. Dalia says:

    Things like this make me so mad. When such a simple thing can save a life, it is sad. Problem is, though that the buses could have the belts and the kids don’t wear them. I wonder how many kids actually wear their belts on the buses?
    .-= Dalia´s last blog ..Day care centers in high schools? =-.

  2. Mandie says:

    I agree, this is very sad 🙁 I haven’t been on a school bus in quite awhile I’m happy that Florida changed their laws.

    I’m following from FFF
    .-= Mandie´s last blog ..Homade Donuts – My mouth is watering just thinking about it! =-.

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