Florida School Bus Crash Injures Two Students
TALLAHASSEE, FL- Courant.com writes that two students from a middle school in Florida sustained injuries in a school bus crash. Reports indicate that eighteen students were on the bus at the time of the multi-vehicle collision. The crash took place on Mahan Drive. The cause of the incident has not been reported.*
Some of the children were taken from the scene on another school bus, while parents arrived to pick up other students.
School buses are designed to protect students who ride them to and from their schools. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that these vehicles beat out all the rest when it comes to safety. Some of the safety features provided include rollover protections and high crash absorption, including specially padded seats.
While these buses already have impressive safety measures, states around the country continue to push for them to be even more secure. One of the proposed safety measures is requiring school buses to install seatbelts. While the buses are designed to withstand forces without requiring seatbelts, some feel that the addition of this feature would further improve the safety of the vehicles and better protect children. Opponents of this measure often claim that seatbelts would be redundant and do little to increase safety. These individuals say the expense of the seatbelt installation would be better allocated towards a different safety measure that would have a more significant impact.
Another proposed saved measure involves putting cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass school buses when the stop sign arms are out.
Currently, only eight states have seatbelt laws for school buses. Twenty states allow cameras on stop sign arms. Only two states, Arizona and New York, implemented both laws.
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Sources:https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/11/20/two-cobb-middle-students-injured-school-bus-crash-mahan-drive/4254194002/ and http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/school-bus-safety.aspx and https://www.courant.com/sns-bc-fl--school-bus-crash-20191121-story.html