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Should Seatbelts on School Buses be Required in Nashville?

Six children were killed in a school bus accident in Chattanooga last November. Accidents like this draw into question whether seatbelts on school buses should be required by law. Before you start to lean either way in this debate, you should know that six is also the approximate total number of children to die each year in bus accidents to and from school. Comparatively, around 800 children die travelling to school by other means. The three most important factors in ensuring student safety while in a school bus are driver performance, student behavior, and safety equipment. In this circumstance, the factor most flagrantly abused was poor driving. The driver of the vehicle was driving 20 mph over the speed limit when he lost control of the vehicle; he has since been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide. He had two previous accidents and three written complaints against him in…
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