In the wake of the deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that ultimately killed six elementary school students and injured a dozen others, Hamilton County Schools released a written statement that a transportation administrator warned the local Durham School Services that school bus driver Johnthony Walker was speeding while operating his route. Even the children riding his bus had complained about his driving. Three days after parents had filed two complaints, Walker hit a mailbox and a utility pole before flipping the bus on its side and crashing into a tree that caved in the roof. Walker only had his commercial driver’s license and school bus certificate since April.
This again brings us to the question – should school buses have mandatory seat belts? NBC’s TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen recently took a look at why most school buses don’t have them, and just how dangerous that can get. Jeff interviewed Mark Rosekind, Administrator from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who said that slowly states are making seat belts mandatory, but cost is a factor in retrofitting each bus. He also stresses that school buses are still the safest way to get children to and from school and activities.
Do you think seat belts should be mandatory on ALL school buses?