Why Should There Be Seatbelts On School Buses?

What is the safest seat on a bus?

The safest seat is in the middle, in an aisle seat on the side opposite of oncoming traffic (this depends on country UK/US).

The front of the bus is vulnerable in a head-on collision.

The rear of the bus is vulnerable in a rear-end collision..

Is bus safer than car?

Researchers from the Universite de Montreal Public Health Research Institute found that the bus was a safer travel option than driving a car and showed that the risk of injury is four-times greater for drivers compared to bus occupants.

Should school buses have seat belts pros and cons?

School Bus Seat Belts: Pros & Cons Prevents children from being thrown from their seats. Teaches children to use seat belts. Their use may protect against litigation. Can improve student behavior.

What states require seat belts in school buses?

School Bus Seat Belts Eight states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas – have laws requiring the installation of seat belts on school buses.

Why are school buses dangerous?

Children can be injured when riding the bus, getting on or off the bus, or standing near the bus. More than 40 percent of school bus injuries are caused by vehicular accidents, according to a 2006 report by the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice (CIPP) in Columbus, Ohio.

Why do school buses & transit buses increase driving risk?

However, although buses are great for decreasing traffic congestion and pollution—fewer drivers mean fewer cars—they can also be quite dangerous. The sheer size of buses make them a potential hazard to pedestrians and car drivers alike.

How many school bus accidents are there per year?

Of those crashes, 1,147 (0.4%) were classified as school-transportation-related. Between 2007 and 2016, there have been 1,282 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 128 fatalities per year.

Should buses have seat belts?

If a crash occurs, the use of seat belts will reduce the probability of death and the severity of injuries to children correctly seated in school buses. Seat belt usage improves passenger behavior and reduces driver distractions. Seat belts offer protection against injuries in rollover or side impact crashes.

How much would it cost to install seat belts in school buses?

Installing seat belts would cost between $7,000 and $11,000 per school bus, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation. Since 2016, the NHTSA has required all new motor coaches and other large buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds to have lap and shoulder seat belts.

Are seat belts safe on school buses?

Seat Belts on School Buses Large school buses are heavier and distribute crash forces differently than passenger cars and light trucks do. Because of these differences, bus passengers experience much less crash force than those in passenger cars, light trucks and vans.

Does Greyhound have seat belts?

Many Greyhound buses come equipped with seat belts that have both lap and shoulder harnesses. You can use these with your own child seat, as long as it can be attached using a seat belt, has been approved for use in a motor vehicle, and is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.