When parents in Conshohocken put their children on the school bus in the morning, they assume their children will make it to school and home again safely. Unfortunately, each year a number of accidents involving school buses do occur and CNN reports that four children are killed annually as a result of school bus accidents. That then leads some people to question why school buses are not required to have seat belts the same way cars are required to, especially when seat belts have been proven to save lives.
There is no federal mandate that requires school buses to have safety restraints. Rather, that kind of decision-making is left to the state and local level. Indeed, six states have passed laws making the installation of seat belts on school buses mandatory. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration points out that the number of school bus fatalities could be cut in half by requiring seat belts.