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Petitioning Representative district h083 Heuer, Kathy and 40 others

Indiana's House of Representatives : Make seatbelts Mandatory on School buses in Indiana

  On September 21, 1999 when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported a special investigation of bus crashworthiness and concluded that:
Current compartmentalization is incomplete in that it does not protect school bus passengers during lateral impacts with vehicles of large mass and in rollovers, because in such accidents, passengers do not always remain completely within the seating compartment.

  The National Coalition for Seatbelts on School Buses lists the following as reasons why all large school buses should have seatbelts. (Smaller school buses that weigh less than 10,000 pounds are already required to have them.)

  • If a crash occurs, the use of seat belts will reduce the probability of death and the severity of injuries to children correctly seated in school buses.
  • Seat belt usage improves passenger behavior and reduces driver distractions.
  • Seat belts offer protection against injuries in rollover or side impact crashes.
  • Seat belt usage in school buses reinforces good safety habits.
  • The cost to install seat belts is nominal.

    According to a study by the AAP in 2001-2003, there were an estimated 51,100 school bus-related injuries treated in the United States emergency departments, which averages to about 17,000 children injured in school bus accident each year. Lap shoulder belts reduce injuries and fatalities by about 45% in all types of crashes.

Why risk putting these young children at risk everyday?

 

(Sources: http://www.ncsbs.org/testimonies/fatalities_and_injuries.htmhttp://life.familyeducation.com/school/safety/36260.htmlhttp://www.nbcnews.com/id/15581273/ns/health-childrens_health/t/school-bus-injuries-much-higher-thought/#.Ub9jDOf2Zc4)

Letter to
Representative district h083 Heuer, Kathy
Representative district h023 Friend,William C.
Representative district h100 Forestal,Dan
and 38 others
Representative district h034 Errington,Sue
Representative district h057 Eberhart,Sean
Representative district h008 Dvorak,Ryan
Representative district h005 DeVon,Dale
Representative district h020 Dermody,Thomas
Representative district h086 DeLaney,Edward
Representative district h093 Frizzell,David N.
Representative district h067 Frye, Randy
Representative district h046 Heaton, Bob
Representative district h002 Harris,Earl L.
Representative district h017 Harman, Timothy
Representative district h056 Hamm,Richard
Representative district h087 Hale,Christina
Representative district h016 Gutwein,Douglas L.
Representative district h066 Goodin,Terry
Representative district h080 GiaQuinta, Phil
Representative district h073 Davisson, Steve
Representative district h033 Davis,Bill
Representative district h049 Culver,Wesley
Representative district h091 Behning,Robert W.
Representative district h006 Bauer,B. Patrick
Representative district h045 Battles,Kreg
Representative district h095 Bartlett,John
Representative district h044 Baird,Jim
Representative district h075 Bacon,Ron
Representative district h036 Austin,Terri
Representative district h074 Arnold,Lloyd
Representative district h088 Bosma,Brian C.
Representative district h024 Braun,Steven
Representative district h078 Crouch,Suzanne
Representative district h072 Clere,Edward
Representative district h053 Cherry,Bob
Representative district h081 Carbaugh,Martin
Representative district h012 Candelaria Reardon, Mara
Representative district h058 Burton,Woody
Representative district h041 Brown,Timothy
Representative district h003 Brown,Charlie
Indiana State House
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported Current compartmentalization is incomplete in that it does not protect school bus passengers during lateral impacts with vehicles of large mass and in rollovers, because in such accidents, passengers do not always remain completely within the seating compartment.
California, New York, New Jersey , Florida, Louisiana, and Texas school districts require seat belts. LET'S PUT INDIANA ON THIS LIST!