Governor proposes wearing seat belts on school buses

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For decades, students on school buses haven’t been required to wear seatbelts, but that could change soon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would like to require all students on school buses in the State of New York to wear them as a safety precaution. 

“The law in the state of New York — they don’t mandate they wear; they leave that decision up to the school districts,” explained Alfred Karam, Director of Transportation at Shenendehowa Central Schools.

Some believe that wearing school bus seat belts should remain up to the school districts.

President of The New York School Bus Contractors Association Bree Allen sent the following statement:

”The NYSBCA is in favor of all decisions regarding use and type of seat belt to be made at the local school district level where they have the most familiarity with the challenges in regard to timing, safety, and liability issues.”

The proposal is part of the Governor’s fiscal year 2020 executive budget.

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