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Most people in B.C. support seatbelts on buses: survey

Another day begins on the yellow bus, as children peer through fogged-over windows on their way to school in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wong Maye-E

A recent survey from Research Co. suggests about 88 per cent of British Columbians support making seatbelts mandatory

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It looks like most British Columbians would like to see seatbelts come to school buses.

A recent survey from Research Co. suggests about 88 per cent support making them mandatory in B.C.

Just over half (55 per cent) of people surveyed strongly support the idea, and just over a third (33 per cent) ‘moderately’ support it.

“There are very few British Columbians who voice opposition to the notion of installing seat-belts in the province’s school buses,” Mario Canseco, President of Research Co, says in a press release. “The level of support for the proposal is high across all regions.”

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The idea might be gaining some traction across the country.

Earlier this year, the Federal Transport Ministry announced the creation of a task force that will delve into the issue, and see if school buses in the country should be retro-fitted with seat-belts.

An online petition calling for the same idea across Canada has gotten more than 95,000 signatures.

The Research Co. survey ran online from April 4 to 7, and 800 adults in B.C. participated. The data was statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points nine time out of 20.