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Barbara Clark, Published September 06 2009

Install seat belts on school buses

I applaud West Fargo’s decision to take advantage of federal tax credits and upgrade our oldest school buses to get newer, more environmentally friendly models.

When the school district is choosing its new models, I hope they will remember that approximately five children are killed and hundreds are injured each year during fast stops, collisions and rollovers on school buses each year. The majority of these injuries and deaths could be prevented by seat belts.

As the mother of a West Fargo bus rider, I urge our superintendent to ensure that as our older buses are phased out, they are replaced with models that have seat belts.