High Impact: The Campaign for Safer School Buses

High Impact: The Campaign for Safer School Buses


Our October investigation into why there are no seatbelts on school buses has prompted some stakeholders to act. MPP Kathleen Wynne, former Ontario premier, introduced legislation this week that would make them mandatory in the province and a B.C. school bus driver started a petition, which is gaining support by the hour.


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39 Comments on "High Impact: The Campaign for Safer School Buses"


  1. this is a no-brainer we pushed this issue to Design/build as a full on safety hitech teach integrated solar electric. BUS built for kids . For all Countrys . Australian outback tires available. 😎

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  2. Since there was a federal report found if safety belts were installed on buses it could prevent injuries , that’s a trump card for class action lawsuits against federal and provincial government. Maybe this is what is needed to start getting the federal and provincial politicians to get out of the old mind set that safety belts like in the early days were stuffed under the seats and forgotten,or maybe 1 or 2 of there kids have to go flying out of the buses to get the point. The public should also make this an election issue.

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  3. No children from Sheer family or Trudeau family travel in school bus…. may be thats the real problem

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  4. Now the greedy management will lay off people so they can afford to install seatbelts…. rather than cut from their rich incomes.

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  5. i love and miss kathleen wynne. I miss having an intelligent premier, not this crack dealing corrupt buffoon Donald Trump Jr. we have now.

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  6. School busses just arent safe, in Ontario a few years ago a police car of the OPP crashed into the back of a bus at a red light with lights on and going like 80kph, (about 45 mph)
    Most students near the back had wiplash and concussions and minor injuries from the seat and even from crashing into other students, many sprains and bruises but one person lost two teeth a few days later after they were severly loosened in the impact.
    I feel all these injuries could have been avoided if everyone was strapped in.
    Alot of my friends were on that bus, and many of them never got back on one out of fear.

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  7. The government wants you to die they like killing kids they want you to see how stupid they are they like giving false facts and study's to keep the sheep happy

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  8. Our most precious commodity,; our children, is not being protected. Common sense rules here and anyone can see that's it's all about money…if they could charge the parents or add a tax, then sestbelts would have been installed decades ago. But bc it would have to come from their own pockets then every nonsensical excuse and ridiculous study is used…Everyone can see how false this is. Smarten up and do the right thing….anyone else would be charged with the crimes of neglecting, maiming and killing children. Disgusted

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  9. So, while this CBC report doesn't provide historical statistics, I take it that such accidents, injuries and (possibly anyway) deaths, are nothing new; yet, over all of the MANY years, decades, that we've had school buses, they still haven't been made adequately or reasonably safe. Shame! During elementary school years, 1960's, I never took any bus, due to not residing quite a mile from the school, but many youths did commute by school bus. Never heard or read about any injurious accidents with school buses back then, but there must've been some. Seems that the govts are awfully tardy with respect to provision of safe travel, with buses anyway. Note, though, it isn't only school buses that lack safety belts, for municipal and long distance buses also lack this. Trains surely also continue to lack this protective mechanism for passengers, for trains (those I used anyway) lacked this during the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, and surely longer. 1994-1996, I daily commuted by train, once getting to the train station and parking the car there until my return, and there were no seat belts at all on the trains; and it's always been that way with any buses, as well as trains, that I used for commute. I was never in any related accident, but given that there evidently are plenty, then safety must be ensured as much as possible. It surely wouldn't cost much to add this (presently lacking) safety. Adding seat belts would be a "drop in the/a bucket", inexpensive. The belts can surely be added without needing to replace the buses, only needing to retrofit them, a LITTLE!

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  10. Let's put politics aside. I know people don't like Wynee, but she is right that something needs to change. We need seatbelts in school buses!

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  11. This is a message to the people behind the FIFTH ESTATE: YOU DON'T KNOW THAT WE'RE INCLUDED TO BE A MEMBERS TO A CHURCH, BUT U USED TO DISABLE COMMENTS TO PROVE YOUR FALSE ALLEGATIONS. MAKE A FULL BACKGROUND CHECK AND NOT JUST USED YOUR EARS JUST TO HEAR MOUTHS. DON'T JUDGE PEOPLE COZ YOU PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THE REAL STORY BEHIND OUR CHURCH YET U USED TO HEAR SOME PEOPLE WHO EXPELLED AND YOU PEOPLE ARE JUST OUTSIDERS. YOU'RE JUST CREATING CONCLUSIONS.

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  12. In the end, it's the parent's fault for putting their kids on unsafe busses. The allure of free babysitting is powerful, though.

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  13. We here in the United States . At least in the state I live in we do not have seat belts on the school buses

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  14. I look and see the bus driver wearing a seatbelt. Is her life anymore precious than innocent children? Changes need to be made around the globe on this issue.

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  15. What the issue is seriously Not a Seat Belt Issue But The Neglegence of your Operators of the Busses.AKA The Drivers .What are your Standards of Testing for your Drivers. Not a belt issue . Rediculous implication as to Hide The real Problem on your hands.. And I Know The People of your Country Deserve enough Respect to be represented with The Real Issue Of Safety for Their Children . Failure to Acknowledge Stricter Standards and testing of each and every School Transport Operators. Is Nothing more than criminal neglect

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  16. Wow , the first sentence was my thought all throughout middle school and high school. Why don’t we have seatbelts! It’s 2018 it was unacceptable then and is beyond ridiculous now.

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  17. Only issue with seatbelts I see is what if the bus rolled over in a crash and/or caught on fire. How is the driver going to unbuckle 40-80 kids and get them all off the bus within 1-2 minutes before the bus fully engulfed in flames? The seatbelt cutter they have will only cut like 2-3 seatbelts before it becomes too dull and during that emergency the kids are gonna be too panicked I’m sure to think straight or if worse in the same scenario something happens to the driver and kids are trapped in their seatbelts. Majority systems don’t the have extra money to have a monitor on every bus cause it’ll cost more for their salaries and insurance so they won’t be an option so it’s up to the driver if every school bus had seatbelts. It could be both a good and bad thing. I drive a school bus so I know how it is and can only imagine if my bus had seatbelts and what if it caught on fire. I carry anywhere from 50-83 kids everyday from grades K-12 and don’t have a monitor, so it’s just me on the bus

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  18. Intervening period ? High rollover risk Transport Canada constantly keeps all at risk over costs to corporations we bailed out the top of the top but politicians bicker about responsibility for their corporate bosses about who is responsible for inaction on the government's part industry is important kickbacks /votes and job creation are not worth the manslaughter all Government officials are guilty of from day one… school budgets used to be the responsibility of the federal government.

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  19. Seat belt will save lives. That is for sure. The problem is: 1 live out of 1000 crashes and 100 mil dollars cost every 10 years (*not exact stats*). Unfortunately, it means NO seat belt. This is just one of many decisions needed to be made because we are not living in heaven where money is not a thing. In a perfect world, the bus would have air bags throughout its interior, this will solve the seat belt disadvantages but will likely cost 1 bil dollars instead.

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  20. I have always wondered why there are no seat belts in school buses. The state of Pennsylvania, it is the LAW that everyone must wear a seatbelt. But, the law doesn't seem to apply to our school buses. It doesn't make sense!

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  21. Where I live in Michigan, there are no seat belts on school buses except for the small buses that transport toddlers to preschool. There are car seats for them. The real ironic thing is there is a seat belt law state wide. If a cop sees an unbelted child in a car, he can pull them over and cite them for it. So why does the bus driver have a seat belt but the children don't?

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  22. It's kind of disgusting watching Kathleen Wynn say that "if she had the information then, she would've done something". I call bullshit.

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