School is starting and with it a reminder to watch for kids as they travel to and from school, walking, riding bikes and school buses.  The first article from CBSLocal Sacramento highlights the discussion of seat belts on school buses.  

The second article from the Nevada Daily Mail asks parents to talk with their kids about using seat belts on school buses and being careful when crossing streets.

  • School Bus crash with alleged drunken driver raises questions about seat belt law
    • This school bus accident brings up questions about the seat belt law. In California, all buses since 2005 require shoulder and belt laps, they are 1 of 6 states with this requirement. The six states are: California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. However, the school bus driver nor school are responsible for passengers, the kids, wearing them. This crash resulted in minor injuries of a couple of students. “Due to a low death rate, most efforts for seat belt laws have failed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 19 children nationwide die each year in bus-related accidents. But most of those happen once the child gets off the bus.”
  • Drivers need to be cautious as school opens
    • A reminder to the drivers of the hours kids will be traveling back and forth to school. Parents need to remind kids to use seat belts when riding buses (where available) and watch before crossing streets – adhering to crossing guards where present. “In 2013, two people were killed and 150 people were injured in Missouri school bus crashes, and there were 945 traffic crashes involving school buses, according to the Highway Patrol.”

It is heartbreaking when accidents affect loved ones, especially kids. David A. Axelrod & Associates has successfully represented clients involving bus accidents.

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