School bus seat belts

New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer is launching a campaign to promote school bus safety.  

Gottheimer is introducing a law that would require buses across the country to install 3-point lap and shoulder seat belts.  

“Seat belts on all school buses, lap and shoulder seat belts on all school buses,” he said.  “Current federal law only requires seat belts on small busses, not the larger one’s children often ride on.  Only eight states require them on the bigger busses.”

The bill also calls for technology in buses to acknowledge that passengers are buckled up.

A bill advancing in the New Jersey Assembly would require new school buses in the state to be equipped with lap and shoulder safety belts.

Current New Jersey law requires school buses to have lap-only belts.

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez says including a shoulder strap would improve student safety.