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NHTSA recommends three-point seat belts for school buses

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently recommended the use of three-point seat belts for school buses. According to NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind, seat belts are devices that can save lives “whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus,” and, as it is the Administration’s goal to protect drivers and passengers in all vehicles, this means it may be time to implement a new school bus seat belt policy.

At present, there are no federal laws that require the use of seat belts in school buses, nor are there state laws in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois that do so. In fact, it has been the NHTSA’s official stance up to this point that school buses were safe enough without individual passenger seating restraints.

For her part, Dubuque Community School District Transportation Manager Kris Hall said of the recent NHSTA statement that it has probably been the agency’s “most aggressive announcement,” and that “it will be probably only a matter of time until seat belts are required on school buses.”

Because the legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier has spent so many years representing victims of tragic vehicular accidents, we are excited about the prospect of safer standards for transporting children. However, until these standards are implemented, we know that the roads still hold many dangers. That’s why we will continue to dedicate ourselves and our practice to helping victims recover. Call us at (262) 523-4700 to learn more about the services we offer.

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