While I was on a two hour bus trip in Tasmania, someone noted that I was the only passenger who was wearing a seat belt. Do seatbelts reduce the risk of injury or death to bus passengers? Is the reduction in risk significant in all scenarios, or does the bus and the road have to be really dodgy in order for a serious crash to be remotely likely?
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The most common injuries in serious bus accidents seem to be when the bus turns over - at this point passengers can be thrown against the windows (which, being broken may mean they end up falling through onto the ground) or against the roof if the bus rolls.
A proper seat belt will prevent these accidents.
Why on earth wouldn't you want to wear seatbelts? Any safety feature is likely to be a good idea. Think of it this way: in what circumstance would you be better off not wearing it?
Admittedly statistics show that simple lap belts are not proven to improve safety for children, which is one reason why they aren't ubiquitous on school buses.