"I do not allow my two children to ride on a school bus -- even for field trips -- because they are so unsafe," says Dr. Alan Ross, president of the National Coalition for School Bus Safety. "We require kids to buckle up in our cars, but most school buses do not even have safety belts! The laws of physics aren't suspended because we put the kids in a large bus and paint it yellow. There's a glaring deficiency here."
According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there were over 17,000 injuries on school buses in 2006 alone. A recent research report found that only six states -- California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Texas -- require large school buses (those weighing more than 10,000 pounds) to have seat belts. However, the Louisiana and Texas laws have yet to take effect, and New York's law does not require student passengers to wear the belts.
Installing seat belts would only cost about five cents per student per day. Isn't your kid's safety worth a nickel a day?
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Our hearts go out to Kasey's family in this tragic time.
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