Should Seatbelts be Compulsory on School Buses

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Around 500,000 public school buses carry children almost 4.2 billion miles each school year without seatbelts.

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) rejected a petition for a National Law that required the installation of seatbelts on all school buses.

They state that travel on school buses are among the safest modes of transportation available and the financial burden of installing the seatbelts would greatly outweight the benefits.  If they were installed how would they insure that they were worn!

My view is that all buses should have seatbelts this would prevent serious injury during an accident.

What is your view?  Do you think that adding seatbelts to every school bus would aid safety or hinder the ability of the school bus to function efficiently? 

Kaye Mansbridge
Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team

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