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Law requires bus drivers to wear seatbelts

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If school bus drivers are required by law to wear seatbelts, why shouldn’t the children riding in the same vehicle be required to wear them?

Some argue that the padding in the front and back of the seats is enough to protect the children during a motor vehicle accident with a sudden impact. However, in a serious accident such as the school bus accident that killed four teens and injured many more, the padding was obviously not enough.

In November’s fatal school bus accident, the driver was not wearing his seatbelt, and he was thrown from the vehicle. Ironically, his failure to wear a seatbelt may have saved is life.

The debate over seatbelts on school buses continues among attorneys, lawmakers, school officials and parents. Take a look at two interesting articles today on the subject: one in The Huntsville Times and the other in The Brewton Standard.