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May 18, 2010  |   Comments (8)   |   Post a comment

Seat belt bill eyed in Ohio

A proposal in Ohio would require new school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts, beginning in 2014.Photo by

A proposal in Ohio would require new school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts, beginning in 2014.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State legislators are considering a proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on Ohio school buses.

Under Rep. Kathleen Chandler’s bill, the mandate would apply to new school buses beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Existing school buses wouldn’t have to be retrofitted unless they are sold, leased or rented on or after that date.

The bill would require school bus operators to adopt a disciplinary policy for any passengers who don’t wear their seat belts. But the operators wouldn’t have to ensure that passengers buckle up, and they wouldn’t be held liable for those who don’t.

Chandler is scheduled to present testimony on the bill to other representatives in the Ohio House on Wednesday.


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This needs to happen quickly. My oldest son was injured the day before his high school graduation. He is still having problems with his neck. Why is it taking so long for this to take place? It's sad that no one cares enough about our children's safety.

Daryl    |    Feb 06, 2013 08:26 AM

I think this is perfect. Guys, quit whining. Our childrens lives are at stake. What are the odds that a bus will catch fire out of nowhere? Children need safety, and when this is offered, you should accept it!

Noah    |    Apr 15, 2011 09:35 AM

along with all the other duties a driver has this stuiped bill will as another. The driver has to make sure the students are seated and the ilse is clearof book bag and ect. they can not eat on the bus theu cannot stand on the bus. no fighting thri=owing things inside or out side the bus, no hanging out the bus, and now they want to add this to the list and there are many more the driver msut watch out for, oh yes we must also drive the bus safely to get the students home. before this person or any person wants to make a name for themselves by saying they are making it safe maybe they should spend some time on school buses and see what all the drivers have to do

dick    |    May 25, 2010 02:44 PM

When we have to buckle up the little kindergartner kids and the bus fills with smoke, which politicians are going to jail because they all died because they couldn't get out.

Mike Marincic    |    May 20, 2010 05:26 PM

Are you going to add aides to a bus plus the considerable cost to have seat belts? The yellow school bus is the safest mode of transportation without the seat belts.

Allan    |    May 20, 2010 06:49 AM

Personally, I think this bill is just plain stupid. There would be punishments for children who don't buckle up, yet the drivers won't be held liable. Belts add a few thousand dollars onto the price of the bus, and I can almost guarantee most kids would NOT wear them... it's a waste of the taxpayers money. The children who need to be in seatbelts should be, and that can happen already. But for every student, it's just plain dumb.

Rob    |    May 19, 2010 09:17 AM

I can't believe this. Do they realize how quick a school bus goes up in smoke when there is a fire. I don't like them, and I work for Head Start. The only good thing is they keep the kids in the seat. When it comes to evacuations it takes to long.

Debbie    |    May 19, 2010 05:24 AM

Please re-read the bill - it does not specify "lap shoulder belts." It just says "seat belts." The Rep proposing this bill is term limited and most think she's trying to make a name for herself so she can run for another office. She has also proposed the same law every year for a number of years.

John Q. Busdriver    |    May 19, 2010 04:34 AM

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