I have blogged repeatedly about the need for seatbelts on school buses. IT IS PAST TIME TO HAVE SEATBELTS INSTALLED ON EVERY BUS!
Another tragic school bus crash involving middle school children shows why this is a critical – but overlooked – safety feature. I blogged previously about another school bus crash in Kentucky HERE. I have blogged on the topic previously HERE and HERE. If we require these same students to be in car and booster seats, and will ticket a car driver for allowing a child to be out of the seat, how can we say seatbelts are not needed on a school bus? The CNN report is copied below for your consideration:
(CNN) — Dozens of schoolchildren in Louisville, Kentucky, were taken to hospitals after the bus they were riding in collided with a car and rolled on its side, officials said.
Fifty people were taken to four hospitals after Friday morning’s collision between a school bus and a Ford Mustang, said Jody Duncan, spokeswoman for the local emergency management agency.
Of the 47 middle school students taken to the hospital, about half received injuries that were not life-threatening, and the rest were taken as a precaution, Duncan said. All three people in the Mustang were also taken to the hospital.
Individuals were taken to Kosair Children’s, Southwest Hospital, Jewish Hospital Medical Center East, and Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Duncan said.
The Jefferson County Public Schools bus had been picking up students who attend Frost Middle School.
Rain was falling when the Mustang, occupied by three high school students, and the bus collided at an intersection, Duncan said.