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School Buses: Unsafe, Of Course November 21, 2006

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.


Alabama School Bus

Why don’t school buses have seatbelts and airbags?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, and Loyola University’s web site, say this:

“On school buses, occupant protection is provided by ‘compartmentalization,’ not safety belts. Compartmentalization is the name for the protective envelope created by strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing high seat backs that protect occupants in the event of a crash.”

THAT is why the kids in the Alabama bus crash were thrown around when the bus plunged 30 feet off an overpass, with at least three killed.


Somebody has a good lobby, and is making a lot of money from not putting seatbelts in school buses.

After the crash, there was a huge pile of kids in the front of the bus. The hospitals were overwhelmed with teens who had no identification.

If the government isn’t going to require seatbelts – just lap belts would have saved lives, for goodness sake – then the government must be required to provide toe tags with the student’s name, and body bags at each seat.

Mark my words: some school bus manufacturer(s) paid pimp lobbyists to sell this bill of goods to school boards for years, and there is a lot of money involved.

Inquiring minds want to know…



1. kenju - November 28, 2006

I have long thought that busses shoul dhave seat belts. Here in NC, the story is that the belts’ metal parts would be used as weapons. I still think we should have them.

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