Editorial: School buses and seat belt safety

Editorial: School buses and seat belt safety

Last week there was a frightening school bus crash in Indiana, with 27 members of a high school basketball team being rushed to the hospital.

A passenger car sideswiped the bus, causing it to roll severely off the road into a ditch.

This again brought up the issue of the need for the requirement for seat belts in all school buses.

Look at this simulation of a bus roll over, showing those seat belted staying put, while those without seat belts go flying.

Now only 6 states in the U.S. require seat belts, but the National Highway Safety Administration wants to change that.

The major hurdle, the cost, they estimate it would cost $2.5 billion to equip every school bus in the nation with seat belts.

But let's bring it down to our local level. It costs about $16 to install one seat belt.

Ask your local school board to do the math, depending on how many bussed are now in operation.

For Dougherty County, 150 buses would cost an estimated $137,000. For Lee County, outfitting their buses would cost an estimated $107,000.

I hope you agree this is a small price to pay to be sure our children are safely buckled up on their trips to and from school.

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