Debate of seat belts on school buses renews after deadly wreck - KCTV5

Debate of seat belts on school buses renews after deadly wreck

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Anytime there's a bus crash, particularly one as devastating as the one in Tennessee on Monday, parents always the question - what can be done to keep our children safe? (CBS) Anytime there's a bus crash, particularly one as devastating as the one in Tennessee on Monday, parents always the question - what can be done to keep our children safe? (CBS)
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Anytime there's a bus crash, particularly one as devastating as the crash in Tennessee on Monday, parents always the question - what can be done to keep our children safe?  

One issue with buses pertains to seat belts. 

They save lives each and every day on the road, but do they work as well on school buses? 

That may depend on who you ask. 

The American School Bus Council says, no, that "children are protected like eggs in an egg carton compartmentalized and surrounded with padding and structural integrity to secure the entire container."

However, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says three point belts, like those worn inside cars, should be on every school bus. 

"The manufacturers could do this on their own, starting now," said Mark Rosekind, an NHTSA Administrator. 

There is no federal mandate for seat belts on school buses. Only six states require seat belts on school buses and only California meets the NHTSA recommendation. 

NHTSA predicts that it would cost between $7,300 and $10,000 to retrofit each bus and suggests moving forward, it might be standard for new buses.

"We're not denying that this is going to be a challenge, but we are looking at every angle from research to funding to figure out how to help everybody nationwide get their kids even safer," Rosekind said. 

More than 25 million children each year go to and from school on the bus. 

An average of six children are killed in bus crashes every year. 

That's compared to 2000 who are killed in car crashes every year.

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