Should school buses in Miss. have seat belts?

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“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

George County, MS. USA

#1 Oct 29, 2013
Kesha Kirchhoff said she’d feel safer if her son, Brandon, wore a seat belt as he rides the school bus home from Highland Elementary School in Ridgeland.

Kirchhoff said she’s glad the State House of Representatives plan to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of adding seat belts to school buses and hopes they take the issue seriously.

“It’s easy to make a decision that doesn’t affect you directly,” she said.“I just think that whoever is voting on it needs to think about the safety of their children; they just need to take that into consideration if it’s their child.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which establishes federal motor vehicle safety standards to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle crashes, school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the U.S, even without seat belts.

“There is no question that seat belts play an important role in keeping occupants safe in (cars and light trucks),” according to the organizations website.“However, school buses are different by design and use a different kind of safety restraint system that works extremely well.”

Since larger school buses distribute crash forces differently than smaller cars, they use a concept called compartmentalization instead of seat belts, the website states. This method involves high back seats of 28 inches, which reduces the chances of injuries sustained by passengers in the event of a crash.

As the debate on whether or not seat belts should be required on school buses continues, Kirchhoff advises lawmakers to,“think about someone else’s child when you make a decision

Since: Jun 12

Lucedale

#2 Oct 29, 2013
All I can think about is a bus falling off a bridge.

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