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April 17, 1986 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Contrary to the wishes of a parent group, the Great Valley school board has voted against installing seat belts on school buses. In a report presented Monday night, board member R. Christopher Klemm, who chaired a special transportation safety subcommittee, said that while bus travel "does involve some risk," a federal report last year called school buses "the safest form of surface transportation. " Klemm recommended against seat belts "because of the lack of proven benefits, the status of the district's contracted bus arrangement and the liability issues involved.
NEWS
January 20, 1986
While I agree with David B. Wilson's final point that seat belts are no cure for carelessness, I was disappointed at the twisted logic and oversight presented in his Jan. 14 Op-ed Page column. Looking only at death statistics (including pedestrians?), ignores a much larger population of car accident victims, those who are seriously injured or permanently disabled. The emotional and financial burden of that group on their families and society is tremendous and deserves inclusion in any evaluation of the seat-belt laws.
NEWS
August 14, 1988 | By Lillian Micko, Special to The Inquirer
After a delay of several months, the Cherry Hill school board has decided to install seat belts in 10 new school buses. The board decided in May to install the belts but delayed the installation to determine whether the buckles of the belts were the lightest weight available. One concern of seat belt opponents was their potential use as weapons by schoolchildren. Although the buckles on the two major brands of seat belts on the market are not as light as school board members desired, the board decided at its Aug. 8 work session to proceed with the installation.
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July 14, 1991 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
Bunny Stoddard wants all the people in Chester County to use their seat belts when in their automobiles. Stoddard says her own daughter, Kelly, 23, is living proof that using a seat belt works. Bunny Stoddard is manager of the Chester County Highway Safety Project in West Chester, a PennDot agency that promotes highway safety through education. The project is part of a two-year federal program to increase safety belt use in the United States to 70 percent by 1992. The national safety belt usage rate now is 49 percent.
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December 27, 1987 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Medford Township has been selected as one of four municipalities in the state to undergo an intensive campaign to encourage drivers to comply with New Jersey's mandatory seat-belt law. At its meeting Dec. 15, council members were informed that the township will receive a $17,000 federal grant for an enforcement project designed to increase seat-belt usage to 50 percent from the current 35 percent compliance statewide. For almost three years, drivers in New Jersey have had to wear seat belts, as have passengers in the front seat of any vehicle.
NEWS
October 16, 1988 | By Cheryl Baisden, Special to The Inquirer
Hardly a year goes by that the New Jersey Legislature does not discuss the possibility of requiring school districts and private busing services to equip their vehicles with passenger restraints. The issue has not been addressed this year, but it probably will arise in the coming months, according to Linda Wells, acting director of the New Jersey Bureau of Pupil Transportation. "Of course, nothing has come of the idea in all of these years," she said. "Basically, that's because there just hasn't been any evidence that seat-beltless buses aren't safe.
NEWS
July 18, 2006
ICAN'T IMAGINE being any part of the seemingly horrible scene that must have played out in the bus crash with the children from the Norris Square Day Camp. But the obvious question still remains: Why isn't there a mandatory law for seat belts for children on school buses? We can look at every possible cause into this accident - underage driver, driving at an excessive speed, inexperience of the driver to handle the conditions, training, etc. Yet the fact remains that there may have been some potentially avoidable injuries if, instead of some of the young occupants flying through the air while the bus was skidding on its side, they had the proper means of protecting themselves with seat belt restraints that should be mandatory under the law!
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April 24, 1986 | By Kathy Boccella, Special to The Inquirer
Requiring teachers and students to wear safety belts when driving their cars on school-district business is "intrusive into their personal rights," according to Upper Merion school board President David W. Hoffa. Discussing a proposed safety-belt policy Tuesday night, Hoffa suggested that the restriction apply only to employees who are operating district-owned vehicles while engaged in school-related activities. As written, the policy would require students and employees to buckle up while driving to school-sponsored activities, such as educational conferences or football games.
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December 20, 1990 | By Sally Mackwell, Special to The Inquirer
Avon Grove school board members at their meeting Tuesday endorsed the installation of seat belts on district school buses for children under the age of 4. Board member Kathryn Steele said yesterday that the action was taken at the request of the district's school bus companies, which are installing seat belts to accommodate some drivers whose young children ride along on the morning and afternoon runs. Board member Jean Steele described the vote as a formality and a contractual matter.
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May 4, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Unused seat belts and poor weather were factors in a two-car crash Sunday that killed a 6-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man and critically injured three people, including a 7-week-old girl, authorities said Monday. Five adults and four children, including the two people who died, were hurt in the collision, which occurred just before 4 p.m. Sunday on the 5400 block of Henry Avenue in the Wissahickon section, police said. "It's just a horrific accident," Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation Division said Monday.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
HARRISBURG - Traffic fatalities in the commonwealth over the Christmas holiday fell by half from last year, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. From Dec. 24 to 27, police said, four people died in vehicle crashes, including one that was alcohol-related. The crashes occurred in Erie, Indiana, Lancaster and Lehigh counties. Last year, eight were killed and 224 injured over the holiday and subsequent weekend. Of the 632 crashes reported this year, 54 involved alcohol, police said.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, typically kicks off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. So parents are urged to talk to their children about safe driving habits. This year, the number of car accidents and fatalities over the holiday weekend supported that point as both increased over last year, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. "This is the time when school is out," said Jana Tidwell, public and government affairs specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
NEWS
May 15, 2015
ISSUE | TRAIN WRECK Seat belts could help My heart goes out to the victims of the tragic Amtrak derailment and their grieving families. In the spirit of preventing or at least reducing future casualties, I don't understand why most trains don't have seat belts, as airplanes and automobiles do. With trains typically traveling at or above the speeds of vehicles on highways, passengers are subject to the same kinds of bone-breaking, destructive forces...
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May 15, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IN A CAR, a seat belt is often the sole factor in whether someone lives or dies in a crash. Airplanes have them and even amusement rides have them. When it comes to passenger trains, like Amtrak Train 188, which derailed in Frankford on Tuesday night, seat belts are uncommon and often studies have not recommended them, though some wonder whether it's time to look again. "I've wondered when I boarded the trains about the idea of seat belts. I think it's something the department of transportation, the NTSB, should look at," former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told CNBC on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AMANDA BYNES, who'd been staying out of the tabloid headlines recently, a promising signal that she was keeping her life together, was arrested in L.A. yesterday on charges of DUI. The "influence," however, was believed to be weed, according to TMZ.com. A TMZ source said she's been smoking for weeks. TMZ reported that Amanda was driving a Mercedes in the San Fernando Valley when she stopped in the middle of an intersection on Van Nuys Boulevard. For those readers who don't drive, the middle of an intersection is generally not the best place to stop.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two of the three Bucks County teenagers killed in an SUV crash last weekend apparently were not wearing seat belts when the vehicle flipped multiple times off a northeastern Pennsylvania road, police said Wednesday. The third victim died despite wearing his seat belt, police said, but a fourth passenger, also a student at Council Rock South High School, was unbuckled in the vehicle and escaped with minor injuries. As accident reconstruction experts continued their investigation, State Police also confirmed that the driver, an unlicensed 15-year-old from New York who may have been speeding, will be charged in juvenile court.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a hockey game was heading into its final frantic minutes, the late Gene Hart, a Hall of Fame Flyers broadcaster, used to have a trademark expression: "Fasten your seat belts, folks!" The same applies to the Flyers' make-or-break finish to their intriguing season. The last month of the regular season may not be as intense as the True Detective finale, but it will be great theater. Seventeen games in 30 days. Four points separating the second- and sixth-place teams fighting for two remaining playoff spots in the Metropolitan Division.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The school bus driver was fatigued and had taken sedating medications; the dump truck that struck the bus was overloaded; many of the elementary school students on the bus were not wearing seat belts. The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday blamed this lethal mix of circumstances for the death of an 11-year-old triplet and injuries to her two sisters and 12 other students in a February 2012 crash at a rural intersection in Chesterfield Township, Burlington County.
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The circumstances in which six children and four adults were injured when a minivan flipped on the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow Township on Wednesday night remain unclear. Several people were ejected when the van rolled over as the group returned from a day at the Shore, police said. The 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport is designed to seat no more than eight people. Based on a preliminary report, it appears "seat belts were not utilized" by the driver and passengers, and only one car seat was found at the scene, state police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said Thursday.
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