Seat belts on school buses could prevent thousands of injuries
For many children in New Jersey, whether they like it or not, the school year is now in full swing. Summer is over, and it’s time for kids to start getting in the routine of the school year. Day after day, kids will wake to the sound of their parents calling their names, and will groggily walk out to the street to wait for the school bus. Not everyone takes the bus, but a large portion of students pile into those large, yellow masses every morning.
Children across the state utilize school bus transportation to get to school every day, so it is certainly a top priority that kids are completely safe on the bus. Unfortunately, with just one driver in control of the entire bus, it is difficult for bus drivers to micromanage a group of kids in the morning. In fact, there are a ton of accidents that occur on school buses, and many children are injured inside school buses every year.
According to national data, it is estimated that every year 17,000 children across the nation are sent to the emergency room from accidents that occur on the school bus. These accidents can occur from children being thrown around the bus during turns, or from kids goofing around with each other. Kids on the bus can be out of control, and it’s difficult for bus drivers to make sure that all children are in their seats at all times.
Of the 17,000 injuries that occur on school buses across the nation, most are not serious. Typically, they are cuts, bumps, and broken bones that are inevitable when multiple children are transported on a massive bus every morning. Though these injuries are bound to happen every year, more preventative measures could be taken by school systems across the nation.
If there were seat belts on every school bus, a lot less children would be injured in school bus related accidents. Seat belts would secure students in their seats, preventing them from being tossed around the bus during transit. Additionally, seat belts would keep students from getting out of their seat, which seems to be one of the biggest issues in school bus safety. The problem is, most school systems don’t want to dish out the extra cash required to install seat belts in every seat of every bus. It is an expensive endeavor, but many accidents inside the school bus could be prevented.