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By Lou Marzeles

Breaking down the myths of school bus seat belts


Rep. Gina McCabe has a proposed bill in the State Legislature to put seat belts in school buses, and the measure is encountering resistance from quarters holding on to myths rather than facts. Some of the sources are local, from drivers and administrators in the Goldendale School District.

"It's a terrible idea," one driver told The Sentinel in an email. "We'll never be able to make the kids wear them. They'll be whacking each other on the head with the buckles. We'd never get them out of the bus quickly enough in an accident. This is just dumb." Similar arguments, along with apprehension about the costs of putting in seat belts, have been heard at the top of the district hierarchy.

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