Majority of NH citizens believe NH school buses should have seat belts – 509 citizens, 1055 responses

Nov 19, 2015

In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said school buses should be retrofitted with three-point seat belts. In response, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should NH school buses have seat belts?”. 

A total of 85% of respondents answered directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 59% majority said NH school buses should have seat belts with 41% against them. Of the remaining respondents, 11% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 4% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 509 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 1055 responses. 

For most of the majority opinion, it simply makes no sense to not require school buses to have seat belts. One woman said, “All school buses and public transportation should have seat belts.” One gentleman rhetorically noted, “Of all the vehicles on the road, you would have thought a bus carrying kids would be the first to get seat belts.” Others agreed,  including many who questioned why buses are viewed differently than personal vehicles. “If everyone is  required to wear them for safety in personal vehicles, then these young kids definitely should be protected  as well.”

Several with the opposite opinion, however, cited safety concerns if kids are strapped in with seat belts  and the bus gets into an accident. One respondent reasoned, “The driver is incapacitated [and] then you  have a bunch of kids who are trapped for one reason or another with no way to escape.” Some, though,  expressed concern at the possible price tag to retrofit NH school buses. “Don't forget that the cost is  $10,000 dollars for each of the buses,” added one respondent. “Taxpayers, start to dig into your pocket.”

For respondents who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, some cited concerns as to the cost, others questioned the need to pass legislation at all, while many debated if seat belts would make school buses safer. Others cited a personal experience, as one respondent noted, “We didn't have them when I was a kid and I'm still around.”   

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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