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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

School Buses: Unsafe, Of Course


Alabama School Bus

Why don’t school buses have seatbelts and airbags?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, and Loyola University’s web site, say this:

“On school buses, occupant protection is provided by 'compartmentalization,' not safety belts. Compartmentalization is the name for the protective envelope created by strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing high seat backs that protect occupants in the event of a crash.”

THAT is why the kids in the Alabama bus crash were thrown around when the bus plunged 30 feet off an overpass, with at least three killed.


Somebody has a good lobby, and is making a lot of money from not putting seatbelts in school buses.

After the crash, there was a huge pile of kids in the front of the bus. The hospitals were overwhelmed with teens who had no identification.

If the government isn’t going to require seatbelts – just lap belts would have saved lives, for goodness sake – then the government must be required to provide toe tags with the student’s name, and body bags at each seat.

Mark my words: some school bus manufacturer(s) paid pimp lobbyists to sell this bill of goods to school boards for years, and there is a lot of money involved.

Inquiring minds want to know...


  • At 7:35 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    I have long thought that busses shoul dhave seat belts. Here in NC, the story is that the belts' metal parts would be used as weapons. I still think we should have them.


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