Imagine you are in your car driving to the mall. You are not wearing your seat belt. You go to turn the corner when you realize that you are doing flips in your car. Youíre banging your head on the seat, glass is broken and you canít feel anything.
What are the chances of your being OK? Itís almost impossible because you did not wear your seat belt. Seat belts save lives, and should be on all moving vehicles, especially school buses.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities would be reduced by 45 percent if we had seat belts on school buses. Thatís 250 lives saved per year in America. Seventy percent of fatalities would be reduced just on rollover crashes. That many lives are worth paying for seat belts.
If you had seat belts on a bus and it crashed, you wouldnít be rolling around in the bus. You would be strapped into your seat. Also, you wouldnít be able to overcrowd the bus because there would be only two seat belts per seat, which means no more than two kids per seat.
On the other hand, seat belts might have a few disadvantages as well. Kids might want to rip up, cut or damage the seat belts causing a lot of expenses. Also, kids might get stuck in the case of an emergency such as a fire.
I think seat belts would be a very smart thing to get on school buses. It makes everything safer for the kids and the driver. It may be a bit expensive, but no amount of money could ever replace the lives lost in bus crashes.
JADA LA VOIE