Seat Belts on School Buses

Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby GordonH » Mar 17th, 2017, 5:53 pm

On one hand it would keep each child safer, on the other hand in major crash the driver would have to unbuckle each kid that was unable to unbuckle themselves. Which I suspect would have huge time issue, of getting out (what happens if driver is unable to help due to serious injury or worse).

http://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/191 ... hool-buses

Any School district bus drivers on castanet please voice your pro's & con's to this.
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby LTD » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:03 pm

whos responsible for making sure the kiddies are buckled up and remain buckled up
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby GordonH » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:05 pm

LTD wrote:whos responsible for making sure the kiddies are buckled up and remain buckled up


Guess who the only adult on the bus.... the driver.
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby LTD » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:10 pm

would you want that responsibility If theres an accident and little johny took his belt off now youre liable
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby Always Sunny » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:12 pm

The statistic on the safety of school buses as they are now has me convinced.

Between 2003 and 2012 there were 11 deaths in school bus accidents. In comparison 22,397 deaths in all other vehicle on Canadian roads (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/globe- ... dmail.com&). With the exception of city buses, I would imagine the vast majority of those vehicles had seat belts.
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby LTD » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:14 pm

the busses and drivers are safe I'm just looking at from the drivers point of being held responsible for a child undoing their belt
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby GordonH » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:17 pm

LTD wrote:would you want that responsibility If theres an accident and little johny took his belt off now youre liable


Me nope
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby LTD » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:18 pm

could be a big can of worms

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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby GordonH » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:21 pm

LTD wrote:could be a big can of worms


Exactly, transport Canada may want to rethink this.
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby LTD » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:26 pm

definitely need to do their homework before just making it happen another scenario if a bus has a crash now you have 50 screeeeeming kids you have to unbuckle omg :200:
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby Loki2u » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:29 pm

Kids don't know how to unbuckle a seat belt?
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby GordonH » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:32 pm

Loki2u wrote:Kids don't know how to unbuckle a seat belt?


Okay, what if bus is on its roof, kid hanging by seatbelt. Then has to unbuckle

Worse case scenario under water or on fire
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby Loki2u » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:38 pm

GordonH wrote:
Loki2u wrote:Kids don't know how to unbuckle a seat belt?


Okay how if bus is on its roof, kid hanging by seatbelt. Then has to unbuckle

Worse case scenario under water or on fire


If the bus is on its roof, the kid would be safer with his seat belt on. Not being able to unbuckle it isn't a huge deal at that moment is it? The belt probably saved his life.

Fire? Water? Not to sound harsh....but these occurences are so rare and remote that it almost isn't even relevant. You are talking about a whole bunch of what if's to save a couple of children. Unfortunate events happen, people and children die on occasion unfortunately.

I agree with an above poster that ensuring kids wear them will be a bigger issue than the scenarios you are proposing.
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby GordonH » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:46 pm

Loki2u wrote:If the bus is on its roof, the kid would be safer with his seat belt on. Not being able to unbuckle it isn't a huge deal at that moment is it? The belt probably saved his life.

Fire? Water? Not to sound harsh....but these occurences are so rare and remote that it almost isn't even relevant. You are talking about a whole bunch of what if's to save a couple of children. Unfortunate events happen, people and children die on occasion unfortunately.

I agree with an above poster that ensuring kids wear them will be a bigger issue than the scenarios you are proposing.


I would like to hear from School Bus drivers on their opinion, since have 50 scared kids would be huge responsibility which is their job.
Would they prefer having seatbelt or continue as it is, would be nice to hear from them.
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Re: Seat Belts on School Buses

Postby stuphoto » Mar 17th, 2017, 6:52 pm

As a tour bus driver I can tell you that I have more on my mind than if anyone hasn't fastened their seatbelt. Even if I go down the halls and ensure everyone is wearing them at every stop I can't pull over the moment one is removed.

I do believe that they should be installed, along with all the other safety features. However the only way to enforce using them is having enough adult supervision on board to do so.

Oh, in the last year I have probably seen 6 or 8 people in the front passenger side seats wearing the seatbelts. We have no way of knowing if anyone else does.
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