Duckworth bill would mandate seat belts for new school buses

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Seat belts on new school buses would be required under a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat.

The School Bus Safety Act, which is being introduced in the House by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., would also require additional safety measures like stability control and automatic braking systems for school buses.

The bill would create a grant program to help school districts modify existing buses to make them safer, according to a statement from Duckworth’s office.

Cohen introduced a similar bill in the House in late 2016, following a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed six children. The new bill is more comprehensive, said Cohen spokesman Bartholomew Sullivan.

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September 12, 2018 at 12:09PM

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