The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that their mission is to put seat belts on all school buses.
Right now only 6 states require students to be belted.
Districts say students are safe already, with bumpers on the side for crashes, taller seats, and more padding to protect them.
Right now three elementary students can fit in a seat, but that would change to two, with 3-Point-Belts. This would create a need for more buses in each district.
Here’s a statement from the South Carolina Department of Education on the announcement:
“We always follow state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to school bus safety. Our number one priority is to keep our children safe and we’ll work with state lawmakers and bus manufacturers to ensure we acquire buses that meet all the safety standards”
This is a portion of the statement made by NHTSA on Sunday:
“The position of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is that seat belts save lives. That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus. And saving lives is what we are about. So NHTSA’s policy is that every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt. NHTSA will seek to use all the tools at our disposal to help achieve that goal, and today I want to launch a nationwide effort to get us there.
Is this a change in position? Yes. But it is consistent with NHTSA’s role as the guardian of safety on America’s roads. It is consistent with decades of progress 4
in raising seat belts in the minds of the public from novelty to nuisance to “the car doesn’t move until I hear that click.” Seat belts are icons of safety.”