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Updates on School Bus Seat Belt Laws in Tennessee

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is calling for a federal mandate on seat belts for school buses. The call comes in the wake of the devastating Chattanooga school bus accident in 2016, which killed six and injured over one dozen children. Cohen has long been an advocate for seat belts on school buses, a mantle he took up in the 1990s. Seat Belts on Buses Earlier this year, a bill passed that would require all school buses purchased after July 1 to have seat belts. But Cohen thinks this isn’t enough. He says that arguments that school buses are already safe enough have been eviscerated by studies done in California, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Missouri. Those studies said that compartmentalization of seats was not adequate to protect children in the event of side impacts or rollovers. Three-point seat belts, though, would. The major argument against seat belts, others have argued,…
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Lawmakers Move Forward with School Bus Seat Belt Law

After the Chattanooga school bus accident that left six children dead, Tennessee lawmakers considered mandating seat belts in school buses. Now, a bill has been put forward that would take action on the subject. Tennessee State Representative Joanna Favors has filed a bill that would require all public school buses to have seat belts. The bill, if passed, would give school bus operators until 2023 to comply with the new law. Another Tennessee lawmaker, Congressman Steve Cohen, filed a bill that would require all school buses in the United States to have seat belts. And a third bill, filed by Tennessee Representative David Hawk, would require school bus drivers to complete a training program before being allowed to transport kids. Do Seat Belts Make Buses Safer? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has gone back and forth on the issue of seat belts on school buses. One study concluded that the…
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Car Accidents: How Important are Seat Belts?

Sadly, on August 14, a woman was killed when a car overturned on Interstate 65 in Nashville and she was thrown from the vehicle. According to WKRN-TV, the crash occurred near the Rosa L. Parks exit at around 3:30 a.m. The woman who was killed, 29, was allegedly not wearing a seat belt. It remains unclear what caused the accident and it remains under investigation. Traffic was closed on the roadway for several hours so that officials could investigate the scene. Police said blood samples would be tested to check for alcohol and drug content. The vehicle involved in the accident reportedly slid down an embankment and was later found upside down. Wearing a Seat Belt Can Save Your Life According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are a leading cause of death for those ages 1-54 in the U.S., as many adults admit to not…
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