Title: Petition for Mandatory Installation of Seat Belts in Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority Buses.

  • by: Glenn Byrnes
  • recipient: Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

We, the undersigned, are petitioning the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA) to prioritize the safety of passengers by installing seat belts in all passenger seats in all LACMTA buses.

The safety of commuters should be of paramount importance for any public transportation system. While LACMTA buses provide a vital service to our community, the absence of seat belts poses a significant risk to passengers, especially in the event of sudden stops, collisions, or other emergencies.

Seat belts are a proven and effective safety measure in reducing the risk of injury and saving lives in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017 alone. Furthermore, research has consistently shown that wearing seat belts significantly reduces the severity of injuries sustained in accidents.

By installing seat belts in all passenger seats in LACMTA buses, we can enhance the safety and well-being of passengers, including commuters, students, seniors, and individuals with disabilities who rely on public transportation. Seat belts provide a simple yet crucial safeguard against injuries and fatalities, particularly in situations where buses may experience sudden movements or accidents.

Moreover, the installation of seat belts aligns with the LACMTA's commitment to promoting safe and sustainable transportation solutions in Los Angeles County. By adopting this measure, LACMTA can demonstrate its dedication to passenger safety and set a positive example for other public transit agencies across the nation.

We recognize that implementing this initiative may require time, resources, and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. However, the long-term benefits in terms of passenger safety and public trust far outweigh the initial investment.

Therefore, we respectfully urge the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority to take immediate action to install seat belts in all passenger seats in all LACMTA buses. Together, let us prioritize the safety and well-being of all commuters in Los Angeles County.

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