BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - After a dozen students and adults are hurt after their school bus rolled on I-65, there is renewed debate on if seat belts on school buses make sense.
Often times, it takes a scare to fuel change. Thursday's crash involving a Lafayette school bus has brought back the seat belt debate.
"Because of some special needs, every student was in some type of seat belt, if you will. So that certainly played a major factor in minor injuries for the students," said Les Huddle, Lafayette School Superintendent.
Twelve people were hurt when the bus rolled over Thursday, but none critically. All passengers were buckled in the special needs bus, something not common on most school busses.
Crash test video from a company that makes school bus seatbelts shows the difference during a roll over. Students who are restrained, stay in the seat. Those without seatbelts are hurled across the bus.
"Seatbelts help save lives," said IU Health Trauma Director, Doctor Larry Reed.
Reed believes not only should school busses have seatbelts, everyone should be better restrained while in vehicles.
"I think everybody on the road should actually be enclosed kind of like the IndyCar race drivers because I've seen their crashes and they walk away from them. They're professional drivers. The amateurs on our highways seem like they don't need much in the way of protection and we're okay with that."
But the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has found that seat belts would not add to the safety of school bus passengers. Concerns range from kids using the seatbelts as weapons, or in the case of an evacuation such as a fire, would panicked kids be able to unbuckle?
In the end, the NHTSA says "There is insufficient reason for a Federal mandate for seat belts on large school buses."
It's a difference of opinion stemming from a mutual goal; to give our kids the safest ride to school possible.
Snow that moved through Central Indiana this week has wrapped up, leaving some areas with more than 10 inches of snow.
Free bags of salt will be available to the public Saturday after snow moved through Central Indiana this week.
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