School reacts to proposed seat belt bill following deadly bus crash

Seat Belts on school buses?
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

MARMADUKE, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas lawmaker has drafted a bill on adding seat belts to all school buses.

According to Talk Business and Politics, if the bill passes, it would require larger school buses purchased after Jan. 2018 to have seat belts or some type of restraint system.

Following Monday's deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga, Marmaduke School District weighed in on the proposed bill.

"There are pros and cons," Robinson said. "In some ways, it's safer for the kids."

He sits on the proposal because as transportation coordinator, Robinson said he sees what can happen on a school bus that others may not realize.

"A lot of school bus accidents end up being, well the buses end up catching on fire," he said. "That's your worst fear that you have kids seat belted in and they can't get out, and they're just going to burn. Nobody wants that to happen, and so it's one of those things before anybody does it we have to sit back and way all the options."

As for the cost, Robinson said  Marmaduke runs ten bus routes with three children per seat making it a very costly investment.

"That's a lot of seat belts," he said. "But, at the same token, we aren't going to put a price tag on a kid. You need to look into every avenue to keep the kids safe. We will always keep our options open."

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