Considering all of the progress that has been accomplished in child passenger protection, it is astonishing that Federal Standards do not require installation of seat belts on all newly manufactured big, yellow school buses. Most children ride restrained on their first trip home from the hospital and continue in safety seats until they enter kindergarten and travel to school, unrestrained on the school bus.
With crash studies, accident investigations and good old common sense dictating belt installation, for decades implementation has been pervasively impeded by school bus officials and Federal authorities.
Our nation has no more precious asset than our children. How can we permit 25 million kids ride back and forth to school every school day unrestrained?