The national legislation is introduced by a Tennessee congressman in the wake of the fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill introduced in the state Legislature last week would require all school buses purchased on or after July 1 to be equipped with seat belts.
Under the legislation, school bus passengers would be required to wear a properly fastened and adjusted seat belt when the vehicle is in motion.
However, the bill specifies that a passenger's failure to wear a seat belt or the failure of a school bus operator to require a passenger to wear a belt will not be admissible in any civil action.
The Wyoming Department of Education (DOE) will be charged with modifying school bus equipment standards and notifying school districts of the new requirements.
In a fiscal note prepared by the DOE, the additional cost to the state due to the seat belt requirement was figured to be $1.2 million annually.
The DOE reimburses school districts 100 percent of the expenditures for school buses in Wyoming, with the most common being a 66-passenger Type C bus. With three-point lap-shoulder belt seats costing $550 more than the school bus seats currently used, the result would be an additional cost of $12,000 per newly purchased bus, according to the note.
The bill will be considered during the state's 2009 General Session, which convenes Jan. 13.
The company holds an awards ceremony for the 15 inductees in Charleston, South Carolina. The recipients also get two days off for sightseeing and other festivities in the historic city.
Crash risks increase for drivers who get less than seven hours of sleep, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Starting in 2020, the database will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders, including school bus drivers.
School transportation departments, public transit agencies, and the public can share a photo or video of an act of kindness on their Facebook and Twitter pages to win a prize.
A preliminary report finds that Glenn Chappell had hypertension, diabetes, and seizures, and in the past five years had been involved in at least 12 crashes or incidents while driving a school bus or personal vehicle.
The federal investigative agency finishes gathering evidence at the scene of the fatal school bus crash, although the driver declined an interview.
Monica Coburn will bring her experience with lap-shoulder belts on school buses to IMMI, which produces SafeGuard seating products.
Association officials ask NHTSA to raise public awareness on the dangers of illegal passing of school buses.
A California school bus with seven special-needs students aboard strikes a Ford Mustang, the Mustang strikes a Ford Sienna, and the bus continues on and hits a Honda Odyssey. No students are injured.
A school bus flips onto its side after a minivan fails to yield to the bus. All four students aboard the bus, who are wearing seat belts, are uninjured.
Hillsborough County students who live within 2 miles of their middle school or high school may no longer be eligible to ride the bus because of a lack of state funding for courtesy busing.
NYAPT’s Nov. 20 survey of illegal school bus passing finds that 1,086 school bus drivers reported they were passed a total of 883 times.
Winning entries come from students in Minnesota, Kentucky, and British Columbia. Honorable mentions are also selected this year.
National and state pupil transportation groups offer their condolences to the families and others impacted by the fatal crash.