How a bill becomes a Law Identify the problem/concern, your proposal/idea, Include studies, reports, personal experience, or anecdotal stories related to your proposal.
Each individual has an essential role to play in the provision of a secure and a safe environment. Provision of safety especially to the children has to involve every member of the society because. almost all the members of the society express their concern for the children in various ways. Cases of children getting involved in a road accident resulting from illegal bus turning is on the rise. From such accidents, the children end up sustaining major injuries like broken bone and laceration to the head (Macias, 2011). In addition, it has come to realization that those that sustain the injuries are the ones on the front seat of a school bus. Injuries exhibited by schoolchildren leave all stakeholders dumb folded and this is of utmost concern even to me who is a nurse.
Consequently, there is a need to develop a protection mechanism for the children, which will involve proposition an idea that focus on enacting a bill into a law to ensure safety of the children in school buses. The idea that entails proposition of the bill may come from representatives or from the citizens. From this case, the idea to provide safety measures to children driving on schools bus comes from me as an ordinary citizen and a nurse. From my observation, there is an increase in the number of accidents causing injuries to children driving on front row of the school bus (Black, 2012). The number of children brought to the emergency room with fractures and other injuries is alarming thereby, this call for the need to provide protection mechanism to the children (Mehta&. Lou, 2013). Children sitting at the front row are vulnerable to injuries when the bus makes a sudden braking as the bus lacks safety belts on the front rows (Macias, 2011). After proposition of the idea, the citizen can then discuss it with their representative. After that, the representative seeks support from the fellow colleagues by discussing the bill further with them as well.
Anecdotal/ personal experience
As a nurse, I had an encounter with children rushed into the hospital, emergency room section, with sustained injuries because of a car having made a wrong turn in front of the bus, whereby the bus driver braked suddenly. This breaking was the cause of the many injuries like broken limbs and head lacerations that children sustained.
Has there been similar legislation introduced and/or passed in other states?
There have been similar bills before that proposed the need to have seatbelts in school buses. For instance, the year 2007 saw the enactment of a legislation advocating for children to have seat belts in school buses. This was following a tragic occurrence whereby a bus rolled over occasioning the demise of 2 girls and 12 other children sustaining major injuries (Mueenuddin, 2013). Though there lacks a unanimous legislation advocating for seat belts in school vehicles, many states have made this agenda their obligation and instituted relevant legislation in this sector. This is for instance evident in Texas, Florida as well as New Jersey amongst others. Therefore, the idea of having seatbelt is an appropriate measure to ensure safety and prevent the increased cases of accidents (Mehta&. Lou, 2013).
Identify financial impact if any, Identify stakeholder groups that would support this bill, Identify people/groups that would oppose this bill
It is also important to consider various feature of the bill such as its economic implication, individuals that are likely to support it and those that are likely to oppose it. The bill will have a positive financial impact in various ways. Since provision of seatbelts in school buses is costly, the bill focuses to ensure provision of seatbelt on the front seat alone (Mehta&. Lou, 2013). This will save on the cost. in addition, it will also appeal to the transport committee that opposed the previous legislation (Black, 2012).
Stakeholders likely to be in support
As a result, the transport committee and child protection committee are likely to support the bill on various grounds. The transport committee is likely to support the bill in regards to its economic nature while child protection committee will support it in regards to protection of the children.
Groups that would oppose the bill
Schools may be among the groups at the front line in opposing the bill with claims that school buses stand safe in their current conditions because they have compartments.
Make an appointment with your legislator to discuss your proposal
Involving the member of the legislature in the initial process of developing the idea is important as it shows availability of support to the idea to enable it develop into a law (Macias, 2011). The member of the legislature also provides a clear guidance during the process of developing an idea, which entails, obtaining signatures from other persons with the same interest.
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Macias, A. (2011). Injury prevention legislation. .Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, .96(1), 51-52.
Mehta, G., &. Lou, Y. (2013). Modeling school bus seat belt usage: Nested and mixed logit approaches. .Accident Analysis &. Prevention, .51, 56-67
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