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The debate continues on whether school buses should provide seat belts for children, as Governor Riley’s Study Group on School Bus Seat Belts begins day two of a two-day hearing on the subject.

The group is weighing the pros and cons of seat belts on school buses based on presentations from a variety of experts, including bus makers, federal officials, and more.

Mike Floyd, who serves as Transportation Director for Cullman County Schools, points out the negative aspects of adding seat belts to school buses. He says that seat belts could endanger young students who may not be able to escape the bus in the event of an accident that includes a fire or water submersion. He also raises the issue of cost and the need for additional aides on each bus to help the children buckle and unbuckle. Floyd also says that the padded seats already installed in school buses do an adequate job of absorbing impact.

The Study Group will make their recommendations to Gov. Riley by March 2.

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