Tammy Duckworth Wants School Buses to Make Some Safety Modifications
On average, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes each year. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wants to lower that number. She and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) joined forces to introduce bicameral legislation that would implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to make school buses safer by ensuring there are seatbelts at every seat and buses are equipped with safety measures like stability control and automatic braking systems. The School Bus Safety Act would create a grant program to help school districts modify school buses to meet these important safety modifications. One modification is including 3-point safety belts, which includes a seat belt across a lap as well as a shoulder harness to help protect passengers by restraining them in case of a collision. Another includes adding an automatic emergency braking system, which helps prevent accidents and crashes by detecting objects or vehicles ahead of the bus and braking automatically. “No parent should have to worry about the safety of their children when they get on a school bus each day, but school buses often lack seat belts and basic safety equipment,” Duckworth said. “I am introducing this legislation to prevent accidents, reduce the severity of accidents when they occur and implement other commonsense safety recommendations because nothing is more important than protecting our children.” More here.