School bus accident doesn't lead to change in DCSS Transportation seat belt policy

School bus accident doesn't lead to change in DCSS Transportation seat belt policy./ Credit: Alexandria Ikomoni

Last Friday, a school bus didn't make a complete stop at a stop sign, and it caused a slow speed accident.

"I think the initial count was that 12 students said they were injured,” Kenneth Williams, Dougherty County School System’s Transportation Director, said.

Students weren't wearing seatbelts. In fact, Kenneth Williams says the regular elementary, middle and high school buses don't have seatbelts on them. There are only two exceptions.

“The buses that have seatbelts are for Pre-K students as well as our exceptional needs students,” he said.

Because it was a slow speed accident, Williams said seatbelts wouldn't have changed the outcome.

“With that particular situation, it wouldn't have prevented any injuries," he said.

Williams said school buses are one of the safest vehicles on the road for driving students. He adds that the State agrees, or else there would be stricter laws to enforce a seatbelt use.

“There’s not a law in the United States or Georgia that requires students to have seatbelts," he said.

Williams said a bus that is taking students to and from a school can reach up to 55 miles per hour, but they must follow the speed limit on the road they're driving on.

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