Children not wearing belts are thrown into aisles and windows or ejected onto the road. Waltham4Seatbelts is a citizens group that believes seat belts should be required on all buses large and small.
Experts Support Belts:
"A rear-end, lateral or rollover collision can cause children to become human missiles as they are thrown from their seats, into one another, or into aisles. Accident victims not in their seats block quick evacuation. . . Seat belts save lives, prevent injuries, and it's beyond my comprehension why they are still, in 2010, not on school buses," -- retired Waltham Fire Chief Richard Cardillo
"If you have a seat belt on a school bus, you should wear it!" -- Charles Hott, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
School bus dangers featured on Today
Videos on why seat belts are needed
- What Really Happens in a School Bus Rollover--Without Belts
- Belts Reduce Bullying on Buses
- School Administrators Share Why They Like Seat Belts on Buses.
- Minor Injuries in Bus Crash Credited to Seat Belts
- Why Austin, TX Likes Seat Belts
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Seat Belts Save Lives In School Bus Rollover (news article)
Seat Belt Q&A and W4S Recommendations
Waltham, MA Has Seatbelts on School Buses!
As of September, 2011, Waltham school buses are equipped with three-point seat belts.
Thank you Waltham school committee, Mayor, and our Fire Chief for your support of seat belts and safer school buses! Waltham is part of the growing national trend recognizing that seat belts on buses save lives. The federal National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which regulates the standards for three-point lap/shoulder belts for school buses, recommends seat belts for all school buses.
But belts can't save lives if people don't wear them. So please tell your children: Buckle Up on the Bus!
Articles, whte papers, research, and gov't statements on the use of seat belts in preventing injuries on school buses.
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