Many students in the Gull Lake School District get to school and home by the big yellow school buses every weekday. These students are part of a group of about 25 million children in America who ride buses to school; yet, only six states make it a law that all school buses must have seatbelts. In the remaining states, only school buses under 10,000 pounds require seatbelts. The U.S. regulations say that the buses are safe enough without them due to how much they weigh and the higher height of the back of the seats. But there have been tragic accidents before, and most would agree that no one welcomes the possibility of an accident happening to a fellow student, friend or family member.
The expense would only be $2.00 per child according to The Local School Directory (http://www.localschooldirectory.com/k-12-articles/84) and is justified by the number of potential deaths and injuries the seat belts could prevent. It is a small price for a big safety precaution.The National Coalition for School Bus Safety (http://www.ncsbs.org/news_2004/pros_and_cons.htm) states that the seat belts can improve the behavior of the passengers which, in turn, presents the driver with less distractions.
Some may say that the money proposed for the seatbelts would have better use elsewhere, but since schools are supposed to provide safe learning environments, children should ride safe to school and home.