Earlier this month, two students were killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a Houston ISD school bus. According to officials, the collision caused the school bus to veer from the 610 Loop near Telephone road. The two students - a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old - are the first students to be killed in a public school bus accident in Texas since 2008, statistics show. Two other students suffered serious injuries in the crash.
In the wake of the accident, many parents and officials across the state have called attention to the fact that school busses are often not equipped with seat belts. As an innovation that saves lives in countless car accidents, seat belts have still not become commonplace - let alone mandated - in public school busses.
In an effort to find data that can help officials address the issue, the Houston Independent School District announced last week that publicly reported statistics regarding school bus incidents and crashes may be misleading. Here’s why:
The biggest problem posed by the inaccurate data is that it makes it increasingly difficult for lawmakers to agree on the issues and create the regulations needed to improve safety. With better data about school bus accidents - including accidents involving buses fitted with seat belts - more can be done about creating and implementing changes.
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