By Tim Kowols
A Sturgeon Bay parent is on a mission to have three-point seat belts installed on school buses. Perry Andropolis urged the Sturgeon Bay School Board earlier this year to not wait until fleet upgrades to install seat belts on their buses. Andropolis says current school buses are designed with low-speed accidents in mind, not for trips that require highway driving. He insists on driving his kids to their field trip destinations because of it and believes not having seat belts on buses is preconditioning others to not wear them elsewhere.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 134 people die every year from school vehicle-related crashes. Eight percent of those victims were riding the bus. Andropolis plans on publishing a Web site before the school year to give parents more information on the dangers of not having seat belts on buses.