School bus dangers: should you be worried?


POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 4:09pm

Some say it's hard to imagine why more school buses don't have seat belts.

They save thousands of lives a year in cars... So why aren't we strapping our kids into the bus?

The National Transportation Safety Board is now considering just that.

But Director of Transportation at Tyler Independent School District, John Bagert, says seat belts are not really necessary.

"The seat belts just don't offer that much more in the area of protection," Bagert said.

In fact, there are even some dangers to having belts.

"Students could remove them and use them as weapons during a fight," Bagert said.

There were only a couple minor accidents involving TISD school buses last year.

"All the injuries have been minor that would not have been prevented by the students wearing seat belts," said Bagert.

Another concern for the school is how much it would cost to go from a normal bus to a bus that has functioning seat belts.

"About six thousand dollars per bus," Bagert said. "We have 131 buses so the cost could have a great impact to TISD."

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We are at the next level of liability involving seat belts installed on the big school buses. Usually there would be provider/driver protection when children refuse to wear the belts, but here we are again looking at lackadaisical support to enforce use, in combination a school bus driver that for some reason was compelled to drive 3-days with inadequate rest, that same bus driver taking prescription drugs that can cause drowsiness when fully rested. If this is not a lawyer's dream, what is?

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