Officials plan to install seatbelts in more school buses in Dallas County.
Wired PR News.com – A greater number of Dallas County school buses are expected to be outfitted with seatbelts in the near future. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, plans for the installations continue as some speculate about their effectiveness in these kinds of vehicles.
Larry Duncan, board president for Dallas County schools, is quoted by the Dallas Morning News as stating, “Common sense says we need to protect our kids every way possible, and that includes seat belts… I would like to see them all with seat belts overnight, but we can’t get that done.” At least 70 large buses with seat belts installed will reportedly be provided to the district this month.
As noted in the Dallas Morning News report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited in a 2002 report that “lap belts appear to have little, if any, benefit in reducing serious-to-fatal injuries in severe frontal crashes” in school buses. However, many disagree with the findings and have called for more research on the issue, so that there is a clearer understanding of the benefits of seat belts in school buses.