University of Georgia Bus Involved in Pedestrian Accident
ATHENS, GA. – A University of Georgia bus was involved in a pedestrian accident on November 5, 2018, according to an online news report from redandblack.com. The pedestrian was reportedly not harmed, but several passengers on the bus were injured in the accident.*
A UGA Police report says a pedestrian was walking south on Sanford Drive in Athens, Georgia, and crossed into the road as she observed a group of people crossing in front of her. An oncoming UGA bus braked to try to avoid hitting the pedestrian but lightly struck her. The pedestrian sustained no injuries, according to police.
However, several students on the bus were injured after being thrown forward during the sudden braking of the bus. One passenger reportedly lost consciousness and suffered a seizure during the incident. This passenger declined treatment beyond the scene. No additional information has been reported about the accident at this time.
After a string of fatal bus accidents around the nation, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all school buses in the country have seat belts. Under current federal law, school buses weighing less than 10,000 pounds are required to have seat belts. Larger school buses are not required to have them by federal law, but some states have passed legislation requiring seat belts on all buses. Seven states in the U.S. to date have passed such legislation: Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.
Large buses tend move at slower speeds, follow predictable routes, and are extremely visible, which industry experts say make them far safer than average vehicles. They also make use of “compartmentalization” to keep students safe, which refers to close seating with energy-absorbing seat backs. Compartmentalization keeps passengers plenty safe, people say, while seat belt mandates cause unnecessary and astronomical costs.
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