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Te following comments are regarding the August 2018 issue of School Transportation News.

Te comment below is in response to a letter sent in by another reader to the online article, “Concerns Rise over Ohio School Bus Lap/Shoulder Belt Bill,” that was printed here in the August magazine edition:

I can’t let the Frank Clark’s “Feedback” seat belt comments go uninterrogated. I am unfamiliar with issues in California with extra buses being added to routes because it takes so long to make sure students are buckled in their seat. (Tere may have been times in the very early days of 3-point belts that routes were added because of a loss of capacity, but that is no longer an issue.) I would love to see the data on this. Mr. Clark also assumes that students would not be able to unbuckle their seat belts in a school bus emergency. Tese students have been unbuckling their seat belts for many years before they get on a school bus, I don’t think it will be a problem. Again, I ask for documentation of fires on school buses where the school bus driver had to unbuckle a whole bus load of kids in an emergency. Finally, he notes [an] FTA investigation of school bus accidents, proving that we should not have seat belts on school buses. FTA does not investigate school bus accidents, so this claim is especially specious. Te NTSB does do school bus accident investigations and reports and has come out strongly in favor of installing seat belts on all school buses. Teir position on seat belts was a function of comparing similar crashes with and without seat belts, so it was purely data-based. I am sorry that the Kansas legislature did not have access to more accurate information on seat belts on school buses than was provided in this feedback from Mr. Clark.

— Ted Finlayson-Schueler, President Safety Rules! in Syracuse, N.Y.

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page regarding the “Garage Stars” profiles published in the August magazine issue. Tis is awesome, and I was so proud to have one of my technicians make

it in the Top 10. Tey’re all winners.

— Sandy Hundnall Dillman, Director of Transportation Apple Valley (Calif.) Unified School District

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The views and opinions in SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION NEWS are those of the editorial staff. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the members of the Editorial Advisory Board or their organizations. Individuals serving on the board are advisors only and are not responsible for the editorial content.

For the Record

The article “There are Many Ways to Skin a School Bus” on page 35 of the August 2018 issue, incorrectly referred to fleet electrification systems provider XL. STN regrets this error.

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