A California school bus reportedly T-bones a car, critically injuring the driver of the car. The students suffer minor injuries, and the bus driver and two aides are unharmed.
Lawmakers in Illinois, Utah, and Washington are among those considering legislation that would require school buses bought after a certain date to be equipped with seat belts.
The board oversees and maintains the curriculum that is part of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program.
Sen. Robert Hilkemann introduces one bill that would require school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts, and another that would prohibit use of wireless communication devices by school bus drivers.
The agency’s updated list of safety improvement goals comes as federal statistics show an increase in U.S. traffic fatalities.
The national legislation is introduced by a Tennessee congressman in the wake of the fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga.
Monica Coburn will bring her experience with lap-shoulder belts on school buses to IMMI, which produces SafeGuard seating products.
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.
The bus, which was the only vehicle involved in the accident, hit a wall separating lanes of traffic as it was driving onto an interstate on-ramp. The bus driver told investigators she was blinded by the sunlight.
The agency’s Dec. 1 meeting will primarily cover safety issues around school buses but will also include updates on lap-shoulder belts.
Fred Lenz of St. James Bus Service presents his perspective on why school buses should not have seat belts.
Des Moines Public Schools will run two buses equipped with lap-shoulder belts to gauge potential benefits and to assess student usage.
Seat belts are among the topics of discussion for the task force, which is charged with making recommendations to the state Legislature by Jan. 31.