SCHOOL BUSES AND SEAT BELTS

Every school day throughout the U.S., 390,000 school buses log some three million miles transporting 21,500,000 youngsters to and from classes, athletic events, and field trips. Almost always the trip is routine, and the children arrive without mishap. But is school bus travel safe enough? A growing number of parents, aware of the safety advantages of wearing seat belts in passenger cars and trucks, are questioning why most school buses are not equipped with seat lap belts for their children's protection. Now a grassroots movement wants to require school districts across the country to add lap belts to their shopping lists when purchasing new buses. Others contend such an action is unwarranted and may create more injuries in bus crashes. This special issue of Status Report examines this subject and other matters relating to school bus safety: where the injuries occur, what the research reflects, and the measures that will help reduce deaths and injuries.

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  • Accession Number: 00399274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Special, HS-038 315
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM