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Why Aren’t There Seat Belts in All School Buses?

Nearly three months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD is now recommending a new policy to install three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district acquires. That decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use, recommending that all school buses be […]

Nearly three months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD is now recommending a new policy to install three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district acquires. That decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use, recommending that all school buses be equipped with three-point belts, like those in cars. The federal agency in charge of traffic safety had a longstanding position not to advocate for seat belts on school buses.

In light of that news, we wondered why school buses didn't already have seat belts, when the benefits of them in cars is well known.

Michael Hagerty sat down with Houston Chronicle education reporter Ericka Mellon who explains.

MORE:
HISD’s New Buses Will Have 3-Point Belts (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 17, 2015)
Full State Funding for Seat Belts on School Buses Diverted (Houston Chronicle, Sept. 30, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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