Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses

Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses
(Source: Raycom Media)

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A federal transportation panel is recommending to states that all new large school buses be equipped with seatbelts.
           
The National Transportation Safety Board approved the lap-shoulder seatbelt recommendation Tuesday in Washington.
           
Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the agency has previously tiptoed around the issue, saying it's time to take a hard stance.
           
The recommendation came during a meeting about deadly school bus crashes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Baltimore in November 2016.
           
Last week, a student and teacher were killed when a school bus on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey.
           
The board recommended that New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana and New York upgrade requirements from lap belts to lap-shoulder belts.
           
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, eight states require seat belts on large school buses.

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