Tom Smart, Tom Smart, Deseret News
Responding to Barbara Jenkins' letter about seat belts for buses ("School buses don't meet seat belt standard," Readers' Forum, July 21):
National safety records show that buses are statistically very safe, much safer than cars. Working as a school bus driver for Davis School District for 14 years, my remarks do not represent the district but are my own. Some practical issues which have occurred on a few buses where seat belts were installed are: Students injured other students by whacking the seat belts (three per seat) on each other; Students buckled the belts across the aisle causing other students to trip; Re-buckling is very difficult (especially for the younger children) because belt sizes are constantly changing as students representing grades K–6 move around to alleviate crowding when students exit at their stops.
There is no practical way that I, as the driver and only adult on the school bus, can take responsibility for up to 84 elementary students and 56 secondary students remaining buckled throughout the drive home. Children's safety is our chief concern in school transportation. Seat belts would present another hazard to school children and my ability to be a safe bus driver.
North Salt Lake
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