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San Jose car accident lawyer, school bus safetyNear the end of last year, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind met with the National Association for Pupil Transportation in order to discuss the use of seat belts on school buses. While the NHTSA’s position on this issue has been unclear in the past, the regulatory agency has now affirmatively stated that all school buses should be equipped with three-point seat belts. The NHTSA also requested that school districts, state and local governments, and school bus manufacturers all aid in implementing this new policy, with the goal of preventing serious injury to children in the event of an accident.

Three-Step Approach

The NHTSA reported that it will take a three-step approach to achieving its goal of making seat belts on school buses available to children. First, the agency announced a commitment to conduct additional research not only on school bus seat belts but on school bus safety in general. Second, the NHTSA has agreed to work with safety groups in order to address any financial barriers to installing seat belts on all school buses. Finally, Rosekind stated that the NHTSA plans to work closely with the six states that currently require seat belts on school buses so that regulators can learn from their experiences, insight, and recommendations concerning a potential national mandate.

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