i think if we start haven kids wear seatbelts on a bus. then when they get older to drive they might wear there seatbelts when they drive. it might i think will cut down on teens and adults from beening killed while driveing
It is a no brainer. Seat belts should be mandatory in buses. You wouldn't put your kid on a roller coaster without a lap bar would you? Fortunately my daughter does not ride a bus yet and won't till 7th grade with the exception of field trips, so I have some time to continue to complain and voice my opinion on the issue before she becomes a regular rider.
Enforcement would not be that difficult. The Technology today is far to advanced to say that it can't be done.
Sensors in the seats that alert the driver that there is weight in the seat without the seat belt buckled would probably be the best. Besides that there seems to be a problem with making children in general follow rules/laws. Don't just wonder if they will use them require it!
I am as much into safety as as everyone else proclaims to be, and It is expected and enforced by most to buckle up when in a fire truck but we can't seem to make it a requirement for our children on a bus. There are standards eliminating equipment in our cabs but whats the difference in a bus with book bags, instrument cases, lunch boxes, and what ever else students take to and from school???
If legislation can dictate if we can get have a fire truck made without certain safety features then the question is why can't it be done for the production of school buses?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has done years of school bus accident analysis. They have a page that shows computer models of real-life school bus wrecks, with comparative models that show the relative injury and fatality rates that would be expected if the school buses had passenger seat belts.
Interestingly, the models show that seat belts would have actually increased the fatality rate in many school bus wrecks.
There are several reasons for this.
1) School buses usually travel at slower speeds than do passenger cars and trucks, to the mechanisms of injury are reduced.
2) Most school bus accidents involve a smaller vehicle underriding the bus from the side, and seat belts won't protect the bus passengers form this mechanism at all. That's due to the impact occurring below the level of the bus passenger compartment floor and the bus sheet metal design absorbing most of that force.
3) In the really serious bus crashes, the bus collides with very large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, dump trucks, or trains...in other words, vehicles that have lots of mass and bring a very high level of kinetic energy to the bus crash. Seat belts won't protect kids from a freight train collision at a grade crossing.
Additionally, it is going to be virtually impossible for a single bus driver to make 40 kids wear the seat belts correctly, all the time. Partial or improper seat belt wear may actually increaase the injury rate and/or severity compared to unrestrained passenger injury rate and severity.
School buses have a VERY low injury and death rate compared to passenger cars.
The latest NHTSA data shows a passenger car death rate of 1.5 per 100 million passenger miles compared to a 0.02 death rate per 100 million passenger miles for school buses.
A 2002 NHTSA report states "An analysis of test data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has concluded that lap belts appear to have little, if any, benefit in reducing serious-to-fatal injuries in severe frontal crashes. On the contrary, lap belts could increase the incidence of serious neck injuries and possibly abdominal injury among young passengers in severe frontal crashes."