AAA Reportedly Seeks Federal Law to Require Seat Belts on School Buses Nationwide

From The Hill: “AAA is renewing calls for school buses to install seat belts to protect students after a handful of recent crashes.

“Too many parents and caregivers have been concerned about this issue for years because they want the utmost safety for their children and loved ones when they are riding on a yellow school bus,” said John Townsend II, the government affairs manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The latest push for seat belts comes after three school bus crashes this week in Virginia and Maryland, which injured 11 students and killed one driver.

According to AAA, there are hundreds of school bus crashes each year in those states alone. But only six states around the country require seat belts on school buses, Townsend said.

After the latest school bus crashes, AAA is calling for them nationwide.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has signaled that it might be willing to listen.

“School buses should have seat belts. Period,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in November.

“Seat belts will save the lives of children who we might otherwise lose in crashes,” he added. “The position of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is that seat belts save lives. That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus. And saving lives is what we are about.”