They have flashing lights, stop arms, multiple cross-view mirrors, emergency windows and doors, and fire extinguishers. You must read your carseat and vehicle owner's manual and understand any relevant state laws. You can find it bigger, heavier and higher than other vehicles. Her older daughter still rides the bus because she has to be at school earlier, and sometimes she has to stand in the aisle because there aren't enough seats, Lee said. Bibb County Transportation Director Anthony Jackson said his district's tally includes minor incidents, such as a bus scraping a stop sign when two students were on board. A big challenge is ensuring students wear them properly, or at all.
Shoulder belts can lead to abdominal injuries of your child. Jenks and Norman schools are among a handful of districts in Oklahoma that are having seat belts installed on new buses. Kids would be left hanging or tangled in those belts. Right now, School Bus, Inc. Jenks has equipped 16 of its 60 school buses with seat belts, and all new buses will have seat belts. As you might know, school buses are designed and constructed entirely different from passenger vehicles.
Implementation of newer system such as anti-lock braking system would be more beneficial for you. January 17, 2019 The Indiana driver stated in a report on the Dec. If a bus were to catch fire, for example, there wouldn't be much time to get students unbuckled and evacuated. Disclaimer: Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter, including yours, in which a lawyer or law firm may be retained. There are some benefits to seat belt usage. Fraley gave a seat belt demonstration Tuesday at the Kanawha County Schools Transportation Office in Crede. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.
They are accepting ideas through the end of the year. Fraley fears students will be trapped in their seat belts if the bus were to flip over. Children are protected like eggs in an egg carton, properly compartmentalized and surrounded with padding. As long as you're sitting facing forward, you're just as safe as if you had a seat belt on. Whether school buses should be equipped with seat belts is another topic.
January 30, 2019 Juan Martinez-Legus and LaToya King of South Bend Ind. But what about seat belts on school buses? Six-year-old Arlana Haynes, a first-grader at Parkwood Elementary in Houston County, died Jan. But other times, if there is a fire or the bus is submerged in water, the belts may make it harder to get the students out. All of Bibb County's school buses and several in Houston and Jones counties now have that record vehicles that break that law. In Montgomery County, Maryland, buses carry 100,000 students a day, and there has never been an accident in which a student rider died.
Her family lived in Citrus County, Florida, before moving to Warner Robins six years ago. I think that what is needed is regulation and law. Just yesterday, an 11-year-old boy died in East Texas when the bus he was riding on collided with another vehicle and rolled over. Keeping track of what equipment your buses have such as seat belts and harnesses and the needs of various field and athletic trips can also be a challenge. Millions of American children take a school bus to school each day, and statistically it's the safest option. While many assert that the use of seat belts should be made compulsory for children irrespective of whether they are travelling by car or in a school bus, opponents of this view insist that proper compartment seats, metal seat frames and padded crash barriers help protect children while removing the need for seat belts.
She wants to see them added. Each compartment inside a school bus helps protect children from bus crashes, Stone said. Wounds are refreshed every time we see an accident happen that takes the life of another school child that could've been prevented with lap or shoulder belts on school buses and every motor coach. But some say, the question of who will pay for it, isn't as important as safety. Now, this whole debate about whether children should use a seatbelt on a large school bus is moot unless you happen to live in one of the few states which require them.
They're built to be able to support one and a half times their weight placed directly on top. Is that a tough position to take, to try to explain to people? However, some States and school districts have implemented child restraint systems on their large school bus fleets. However, if you put seat belts on the whole Bus, it would definitely require a Monitor on every Bus, because there is no way a Driver could enforce the use by 50+ students, and, from my experience, the Middle School age on up prefer to use them as weapons, smacking each other with the buckles. School buses are also larger than a car, noted Wesley Stone. And I'm not against it. Transportation staff said additional training and materials would be needed if buses were to get lap-shoulder belts.
The lap-shoulder belts are giving the greatest protection, because they are keeping the body upright, keeping the occupant in the seating compartment, keeping the occupants away from each other. If you're in a car, it's the law to buckle up. The works with hundreds of school districts nationwide and we have heard the subject of seat belts on buses being debated many times. Even advocates will tell you installing belts alone isn't enough. Hence someone need to ensure that seat belts are used and properly adjusted. Some of its specialties include seats with high backs, seats filled with energy absorbing material, seats placed closely to form compartments and strong seat anchorages. On the other hand, what happens if half the children on the bus are wearing their seat belts and the other half are not? The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
Henry said buses have become safer since 1988, when school bus seat backs were raised 4 inches. January 25, 2019 Eighty-seven National Transportation Safety Board accident investigations, including one into a school bus crash that injured 14 students, are stalled as the shutdown stretches beyond 30 days. In case of a collision, the children who are not strapped in end up being slammed into the children who are properly seated. Unlike passenger vehicles, school bus protects passengers through compartmentalization. Do you ever ride without it on the bus? Seat belts have been required on regular passenger vehicles since 1968, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety School buses, on the other hand, live by a separate set of rules. I just don't think it's the best use of money right now, because the safety is at such a high level in school buses as it is.