U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s Proposes Adding Seat Belts to School Busses
By Sunshine State News // September 16, 2018
crist: we need to enhance protections nationwide
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – Freshman U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., continues his fight to add seat belts to school busses as his proposal on the matter was rolled into another proposal.
Back in April 2017, Crist introduced the “Best to Use Safety (BUS) Belts Act” which would mandate that all new school busses have seat belts. Crist worked on the issue when he served in the Florida Senate in Tallahassee.
“Our responsibility to keep students safe goes beyond the classroom – we must also provide for safe transportation to and from school,” Crist said back in March when the National Transportation Safety Board threw its support behind adding seat belts to school busses.
“I am thankful that the National Transportation Safety Board is joining our call to require seat belts for our children on school buses. We made progress in Florida. Now we need to enhance protections nationwide.”
When Crist introduced the bill last year, he noted that the Sunshine State mandates large school busses have safety belts thanks to the proposal he sponsored in the state Senate. Currently, only drivers of large school busses need safety belts under federal law.
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