Al­berta uni­ver­sity rugby team buck­ling up for the Bron­cos

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - CO­LETTE DERWORIZ With files from Lau­ren Krugel. The Cana­dian Press

LETH­BRIDGE The head coach of the Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team says he’s mak­ing it a habit to wear his seat­belt on the team’s bus. Other coaches and at least half of the play­ers on his team are also buck­ling up.

“We haven’t made it pol­icy so we haven’t forced any­body,” said Neil Langevin.

Langevin said his de­ci­sion was clear af­ter speak­ing to his friend and the team’s man­ager, Toby Boulet, who has made a point of wear­ing his seat­belt on the bus this sea­son.

Boulet’s son, Lo­gan, was one of 16 peo­ple who died af­ter a bus car­ry­ing the Hum­boldt Bron­cos ju­nior hockey team col­lided with a semitruck in ru­ral Saskatchewan in April. Thir­teen oth­ers were in­jured.

The par­ents of two other play­ers who died have also called for manda­tory seat­belt use on buses since the crash.

A law­suit filed by the par­ents of Adam Herold in July asked for a court or­der re­quir­ing all buses car­ry­ing sports teams in Saskatchewan to be equipped with seat­belts.

Ear­lier this month, the mother of Stephen Wack wrote an opin­ion piece that ran in news­pa­pers across the coun­try ask­ing for shoul­der har­ness belts on all coach buses, along with the need for leg­is­la­tion mak­ing it com­pul­sory to wear those seat­belts.

“If the wear­ing of shoul­der belts on coach buses can be im­ple­mented suc­cess­fully in the U.K. and some other Euro­pean coun­tries, then I be­lieve that we, as Cana­di­ans, are ca­pa­ble of ac­com­plish­ing the same,” Tricia Wack said in an email.

Of­fi­cials with Hockey Canada said they haven’t brought in any changes for this sea­son.

Trans­port Canada an­nounced in June that the depart­ment will re­quire all newly built high­way buses to have seat­belts by Septem­ber 2020.

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