School Bus Seat Belt Bill Not Making Waves

School Bus Seat Belt Bill Not Making Waves

The following is a guest post from dreamlegalteam.com, New Jersey bus accident law specialists.

The residents and legislatures of Boston, Massachussetts have been making a strong push lately for increased protection for children on school buses. It seems a mistake, they conject, to have seatbelts on all manner of vehicles except the one that carries their children on a daily basis.

Logically, it seems almost intuitive that seatbelts would now become a more accepted part of school bus transportation. Despite that, the bill put in place seems to be extremely slow moving and not looking to gain momentum any time soon.

More details as reported by Telegram.com:

“For decades while state and federal laws pushed seat belt mandates on car manufacturers and the public, school bus operators here have had no requirement to provide seat belts or shoulder safety straps for children.

That would change under legislation awaiting action in the House and Senate that would require shoulder straps in school buses within two years.

The school safety belt law, which was killed in the Transportation Committee in 2008, has been recommended for adoption by the Public Safety Committee this year. It is currently in the House Committee on Third Reading, chaired by state Rep. Vincent A. Pedone, D-Worcester, awaiting a recommendation to go before the full House for a vote.

Despite that progress, however, few lawmakers have heard about the legislation and there is little momentum to pass it.

The bill is competing with hundreds of other bills with high-profile legislative battles raging among lawmakers on expanded gambling, economic development, health care cost-cutting, drug sentencing and criminal record and gun-buying restrictions, with only four days left for formal sessions in this two-year legislative session.”

This topic, while focused in Massachussetts, is indicative of similar conversations going on all around the country. It may take a wave of approved seatbelt laws to swing the tide of both public and political opinion to approve seatbelts in most states. The real stumbling block is budget.

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