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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Newly released video shows students on an Ohio school bus being flung around the vehicle when it tipped on its side after being hit by another car.

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I have never understood why schoolbus seatbelts are not manditory.

Could it be due to the dreaded federal overreach?

#1 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-02-12 05:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Watching kids ping pong around the inside of a bus is funny, but you're right, buckling up should be mandatory.

#2 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2020-02-12 05:33 PM | Reply

I have never understood why schoolbus seatbelts are not manditory.
Could it be due to the dreaded federal overreach?
POSTED BY CONTRECOUP AT 2020-02-12 05:19 PM | REPLY

Say a school bus catches fire. Do you want to have the bus driver spend unnecessary time unbuckling as many as 52 school kids?? Ot open the escape hates and have them climb out unimpeded??

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-12 05:46 PM | Reply

I have never understood why schoolbus seatbelts are not manditory.
Could it be due to the dreaded federal overreach?
POSTED BY CONTRECOUP AT 2020-02-12 05:19 PM | REPLY

Say a school bus catches fire. Do you want to have the bus driver spend unnecessary time unbuckling as many as 52 school kids?? Ot open the escape hates and have them climb out unimpeded??

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-12 05:46 PM | Reply

Do we want kids bodies flying through a bus, slamming into other children of the opposite sex, or perhaps same sex of similiar sexual orientation, for potential sexual harrassment lawsuits?

#5 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-02-12 06:03 PM | Reply

I have never understood why schoolbus seatbelts are not manditory.
Could it be due to the dreaded federal overreach?
#1 | POSTED BY CONTRECOUP

Seems like the safety features they tout don't really apply in rollovers but for most accidents I can see how the following would be true. And while this article doesn't mention it, I would also add that since school buses are tasked to carry passengers from preschoolers up to full grown adult sized people that designing a one size fits all seat belt solution would be quite the challenge. Yeah, there's the lap belt design but those have been found to have their own dangers.

"School buses are designed to be safe. School bus seats have high backs and lots of cushioning. In addition, they're packed together tightly to achieve compartmentalization. In the event of a crash, the seats absorb most of the impact, protecting the children who sit in them.
Not only would adding seat belts to school buses be costly, experts cannot agree on what type of seat belts should even be used. Because children tend to move around a lot, there's no guarantee they would use seat belts, if installed, or use them properly. Bus drivers certainly cannot be tasked with enforcing proper seat belt use, because their attention must remain focused on the task of driving." -
www.wonderopolis.org

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-12 06:52 PM | Reply

I don't know about you guys, but we used to heat up the lighter for a while, then melt the back of the seats with the metal on the lighter.
Other kids, the dumb ones, just burned the seats.
A whole other set of kids used their compasses and poked holes in the seat backs and ripped the stuffing out.
Everyone seemed to agree to never ---- with the actual seat part.

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2020-02-12 09:26 PM | Reply

Do we want kids bodies flying through a bus, slamming into other children of the opposite sex, or perhaps same sex

Thus fulfilling the Ghey Agenda.

Good catch!

I have never understood why schoolbus seatbelts are not manditory.

Seatbelts are a source of micro-aggression.

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-12 11:02 PM | Reply

When school buses go electric the lower center of gravity will keep more of them upright.

#9 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-02-12 11:11 PM | Reply

Well considering the driver of the car broke his back and the students only sustained minor injuries.......it does seem the bus was safer even without seatbelts.

#10 | Posted by Idependant97 at 2020-02-13 04:05 AM | Reply

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Well considering the driver of the car broke his back and the students only sustained minor injuries.......it does seem the bus was safer even without seatbelts

Failed basic physics.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-02-13 05:26 AM | Reply

Always a learning moment....

OK kids... now that's zero G... who can tell me what that is?? Right... but notice how much it hurts when you run into something solid like a planet with a higher gravity....

OK,,, now... you arr all Astro_nuts... sooo... who wants to go into space??...

#12 | Posted by Pegasus at 2020-02-13 03:34 PM | Reply

#11 I never took physics. But I will rephrase.

In this particular accident it seems that the students sustained less severe injuries than the driver of the car.

Given that there was a rollover it could have been much worse for the students, thankfully it was not.

#13 | Posted by Idependant97 at 2020-02-13 05:55 PM | Reply

"In this particular accident it seems that the students sustained less severe injuries than the driver of the car."

Is it really surprising to you, that when a 25,000 lbs bus hits a 3,500 lb car, you're generally better off in the bus?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-13 05:57 PM | Reply

Snoofy, absolutely it is NOT surprising. But when I pointed out that the bus seemed safer even without seatbelts I was accused of having failed physics.

My point is actually that even without seatbelts it seems busses are safer. But apparantly that causes problems stating that. And so I restated.

I guess I could restate it again and add that it isn't surprising?

;-)

#15 | Posted by Idependant97 at 2020-02-13 06:48 PM | Reply

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