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How Safe Is Your Kid's School Bus?

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A school bus crash yesterday in Ohio claimed the life of a kindergartner. Six-year-old Kasey King, of Frazeysburg, was killed in Wednesday morning's crash near Dresden, Ohio.

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"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?

To write to your legislators about making school buses safer, click here.

Our hearts go out to Kasey's family in this tragic time.

Do you think ALL school buses should have selt belts?


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Katie June 3, 2010, 7:50 AM

Former school bus driver here.. I wondered the same thing myself. Then I learned why the padded seats are so high, to prevent kids from flying around if the bus does have to stop fast. The reason there are no seat belts on school buses is because it is far more dangerous to have them. Think about it, 60 kids on a bus ALL seat belted in. If there were an accident, fire, etc.. they would ALL have exit the bus quickly as possible. In a panic situation, some kids may not be able to unbuckle fast enough, or at all! So its my opinion that seat belts would put our kids at a higher risk of injury. School buses are actually the safest vehicle your child can ride in, safest in snow & ice (I never slid around). Its large so even in an accident, most children come out unscathed. Far more kids are injured in car accidents, the reason school buses seem dangerous is because of the few cases we hear and are broadcasted all over making parents paranoid. School bus accidents statistically are VERY rare!

Katie June 3, 2010, 7:52 AM

NOT Making light of this poor little girls death and her families suffering, prayers go out to them

Sara June 3, 2010, 9:35 AM

Busses are different than cars. It’s safer for them to not have seatbelts and school busses are far safer than a passenger car.

Michelle June 3, 2010, 10:07 AM

This was the first fatality in an Ohio School bus in over 40 years. It is quite tragic; this is our school district, we are hurting right now. I’m not sure if jumping on the seatbelt debate immediately is the right thing to do. The number one thing we need to be doing is giving thanks for the children in our own lives. And just to clarify, this was a little boy whose life was lost.

Katie June 3, 2010, 10:15 AM

Oops, little boy ♥

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