U.S. reviewing seat belts on school buses

Arlington, Va. — The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing the government’s longtime opposition to mandating safety belts on school buses and is looking at the issue on commercial buses.

In a Detroit News interview after an event on school bus safety at an elementary school here, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said he has convened a group within the agency to study the issue that NHTSA has been reviewing since 1977.

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Five students injured in Solano school bus crash

Five students were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after their Dixon Unified School District bus overturned as the driver tried to pass a farm tractor near Dixon this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Both the tractor and the school bus were heading east on Hackman Road near Runge Road when the accident happened around 7:25 a.m., CHP Officer Chris Parker said.

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Feds reject request to require seat belts on school buses

By Ashley Halsey III, Published: August 25
As almost a half-million school buses this week began the annual ritual that will take them an estimated 4.2 billion miles by the time school lets out next spring, federal authorities have concluded that equipping them with seat belts is an unnecessary expense.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rejected a petition by safety advocates who sought a federal mandate to require school bus seat belts.

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