Lars Larson on Seatbelts for School Buses

I don’t think it’s time to start putting seatbelts in school buses.

I know that it sounds counterintuitive, but I’m not in favor of the Bush Administration’s latest overture for school bus safety. They want to expand the use of seatbelts in school buses.

I’ve often had people tell me that seatbelts ought to be put in school buses. The problem is, most of the bus drivers will tell you, it would be well nigh impossible to get the kids to actually wear them.

If you look at school bus safety you begin to understand why a school bus is 95 times as safe as a passenger car and about six times as safe as a scheduled airline. It’s because the bus is big and massive and the inside is padded and the kids generally don’t get hurt, even when the school bus gets into a serious accident.

So, I think this is going to be just a gigantic waste of time and money.

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  • Jerry

    In light of the rampant obesity in our children, how about we sell the buses and the kids walk to school?
    Just a thought.

  • Sybella

    Are you kidding, their mommies would never allow it

  • Jerry

    Their mommies can drive them, then. I just don’t want to pay for the molly-coddling of our wonderful little childrens.

    • Anonymous

      Trust me, their mommys do drive them, My parking lot is packed every morning. Most of them have less than two blocks to go. I understand the parents can be charged with child endangerment if they walk. I don’t know if that’s true of not, but these kids need to learn to live in the real world, otherwise, what will they do when they, if they grow up.

  • Jerry

    And if it that bad out there, maybe the kids can carry concealed.

    • Anonymous

      That statement ought to bring them all down on you. Good one

      • Jerry

        Thanks. I wondered about that….and we really did walk to school when I was young. It wasn’t 10 miles, but we did walk. Our district did not even own a single school bus. Not a one. They finally got one for transporting sports teams, but K-12 my school district never bused a single kid to class EVER.
        I think somehow we made it through, too.
        Must be a miracle.

        • DMF

          I did walk close to a mile. We did have 1 school bus and unless you lived in the subdivision on the edge of town or was handicapped you were not allowed on it. That was in Wyoming. Our parents didn’t take us and if somebody offered us a ride, even in a good old Wyoming winter, we were just as inclined to turn it down. And no school wasn’t closed unless it was a full blown blizzard.

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