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April 01, 2010  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Seat belt proposal rejected 2 years in a row


DENVER — For the second year in a row, a proposal to require seat belts on school buses has failed in the Colorado General Assembly.

Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) included the proposal as an amendment to House Bill 1232, which would clarify the definition of "school vehicles" in state law.

Shaffer had made the same proposal in a bill introduced in the 2009 session (as reported here), which was rejected by members of the House Education Committee.

This year, lawmakers again rejected the proposal, saying the measure would be too costly and that school buses are already safe, The Denver Post reported.

The amendment failed on a 5-29 vote, while the underlying school vehicle bill won approval on a 34-0 vote.

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what states require seat belts because that's where i would want my kids bused to and from school.

edmund    |    Apr 10, 2010 05:16 PM

There is no point to installing seat belts in school buses until they change the seating capacity from 72 passengers(3 per seat) to 48 passengers(2 per seat).This would lower the cost and give the passengers more room. Seat belts in school buses is like crossing gates at railway crossings,they wait until a lot of people die before anything is done.I have had my school bus license for 29 years so I know how behind this industry is.

3217    |    Apr 02, 2010 03:07 PM

Hooray for Colorado...As a school bus driver of many years I cannot imagine the problems seat belts would cause.. School bus seats are designed to keep children safe. The height of the seat back would easily restrain the passenger sitting behind it. It's cushioned and effective for that purpose. Think of the tragedy that could occur if the bus caught fire. In the confusion and panic who would get these kids out in time? Also who would see to it that all students were buckled up? The driver has all he/she can do watching the road, etc....way to go Colorado

robert travis    |    Apr 02, 2010 11:09 AM

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