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How Safe is School Bus in a Crash?



With so much talk about seat belt and its effectiveness in a crash situation, most school bus is not even equipped with seat belts.

So we are not even talking about making it mandatory for the children to wear seat belts in school bus.  There isn't even one even if your child want to buckle up!

Federal law requires some form of restraint system in buses weighting less than 10,000 pounds and that does not apply to most average sized school buses.

So it seems like the reason behind this is the size of the vehicle; that the large and heavy ones are safe in a crash.  Well, that is partly true if the crash is against a typical passenger car.  Then what about so many other type of accidents where seat belt can be a life safer?

Ashley Brown, 16, and Alicia Bonura, 18, both of Beaumont, Texas, died March 29, 2006. They were on a bus carrying their West Brook High School soccer team when it overturned near Devers, Texas, on its way to a playoff game in Humble. Steve Forman's daughter Allison was among 21 other team members who were injured.

Allison, who was 17 at the time, was ejected through the window, and she underwent four operations to reconstruct her arm, which was pinned beneath the bus for an hour.

Numerous federal and academic studies have concluded that school buses are the safest form of ground transportation of all, in fact. The National Safety Council says they're about 40 times safer than the family car.

Watch this video, and you may disagree with our government conclusion on this matter.




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