Install Safety Belts on all Bourne School Buses

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Install Safety Belts on all Bourne School Buses

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Jenna Goonan started this petition to Bourne School System

As a mother of two children, with one already in the Bourne School System, I find it unbelievable that our school buses still do not contain safety belts. As Massachusetts law states..

Children must ride in federally approved child safety seats until they are at least 8 years old or over 57 in tall.
Children older than 8 years old or taller than 57 in tall must wear safety belts.

Why does this not apply to their transportation to and from school?  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association
(NHTSA), approximately 24 children are killed in school bus accidents in an average year. This is a scary statistic, and I myself am not comfortable with taking the risk to save cost. 

Help me to ask that our school system take responsibility for our children's safety, starting with their bus ride to school.

*From USA Today

 

"Ashley Brown, 16, and Alicia Bonura, 18, both of Beaumont, Texas, died March 29, 2006. They were on a bus carrying their West Brook High School soccer team when it overturned near Devers, Texas, on its way to a playoff game in Humble.

Steve Forman's daughter Allison was among 21 other team members who were injured. "Once she regained enough consciousness, to have to tell her that her two friends were dead, I think that's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life," Forman said.

Allison, who was 17 at the time, was ejected through the window, and she underwent four operations to reconstruct her arm, which was pinned beneath the bus for an hour.

Steve Forman and Brad Brown, Ashley's father, are convinced that things would have been very different if only the bus had been equipped with seat belts.

On Sept. 1, more than four years after the West Brook bus crash, a Texas law went into effect requiring some school buses to have seat belts. But "Ashley's and Alicia's Law" — the result of lobbying by Brown, Forman and other Texas parents — is now in limbo because of a Texas Education Agency contention that it isn't really mandatory because the Legislature cut the money to pay for it by two-thirds".

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