Duckworth Brings Up the Seatbelt in School Buses Issue

Chicago Tribune article September 13, 2018.

When the Metra train hit a Cary-Grove High School Bus in 1995, there were calls for seat belts in school buses.

My brother-in-law, the doctor heading up the emergency room to which most of the teens were taken that horrendous day take that position.

When the bill came before a committee I served on in the Illinois House, I didn’t vote for it.


There were kids on the back of the bus who saw the train heading at them who got up and ran toward the front of the bus.

Had they been wearing a seat belt, they would have died.

As it was seven died.

State your views in the comment section.

Zane Seipler’s father Russell, by the way,was the lead man from the NTSB.


Duckworth Brings Up the Seatbelt in School Buses Issue — 7 Comments

  1. My sunshine blogger nailed it again. Guns do not kill people; seat belts kill people! This sunshine blog and sunshine commenters unanimously demand Senator Duckworth to please leave government out of our school buses. Stay tuned…51 days…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  2. Clearly seat belts would save lives.

    There are many instances of buses that roll over and throw the kids around or they get thrown when the bus gets hit.

    The only problem is it will be another job for the driver to make sure everybody belts up.

    In this day and age, kids have to wear seat belts everytime their parents take them somewhere.

    I suspect most of them would buckle up out of habit.

    A note to their parents when they didn’t would probably solve most of the problems

    .Of course there would be the added cost of providing them in the bus.

  3. Cut out the non essential stuff like ESL and get back to basic education and you would have money for seat belts and better educated kids.

  4. Seat belts for bus passengers AND train passengers should be available. There are those who drive cars or are car passengers who still refuse to buckle up in spite of evidence and data that confirm that injuries are reduced or avoided by using seat belts in involved in a crash. The non-users of belts in cars, suvs, pickups might say that belts are uncomfortable or that they want to be able to get out of their vehicle quickly in case of a crash and then a fire.

  5. The kids would just hurt one another if there were seat belts in the buses, give them another weapon to swing around in the bus.

    Seat belts would be great but you can’t control the kids now a days.

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