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Seatbelts on school buses

March 29, 2006
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

Missouri lawmakers heard a first-hand account of the potential dangers of riding a school buses.

Andrea Ramey reports from the state Capitol how lawmakers must decide the real cost of seatbelts on Missouri school buses.

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Contents: "I was a varsity track performer. I ran the hurdles, the long jump, the triple jump.

But after a school bus accident her senior year of high school, Madonna Long couldn't run for the track team any more.

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Contents: "From that impact, threw us out onto the highway and... killed Julie instantly and of course when I hit paralyed me.

Lawmakers listened to testimony for and against the House bill that would force school districts across the state to put seatbelts on buses.

People testified for two hours without any decisions made by legislators.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.

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Buckle up your wallet, some lawmakers want to add seatbelts to all Missouri school buses.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol.

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Lawmakers heard testimony for two hours from people for and against the legislation with no decisions made.

Those opposed say the cost is too high.

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Contents: "There's a big difference between a five-year old sitting in a lap belt and a 16 year old sitting in a lap belt and a five-year old can be damaged by an adult lap belt. What do we do, do we do buses for elementary school and buses for high school?

The national statistics support those who say school buses are safe, but others say you can't put a price on a child's life.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.