01 Jun '16, 11pm

#RhodeIsland Eyes Potential #SchoolBus Seat Belt Law

The bill language stops short of retrofitting legacy school buses and does not specifically mention if the occupant restraints refer to three-point, lap-shoulder belts, though it does extend to both the bus driver in addition to all passenger seats. If passed, S2256 would also require that bus evacuation drills be conducted. School districts with seat belt-equipped buses would be required to adopt plans that include evacuation drills to ensure that students know how to unbuckle the occupant restraints in case of an emergency. Sen. Adam Satchell, who introduced the bill, also pointed out that Rhode Island law requires bus monitors on all buses carrying children in grades kindergarten through five, so monitors could also help younger children if they need any assistance with their seat belts. Satchell said in he introduced the legislation because Rhode Island mandates seat b...

Full article: http://www.stnonline.com/news/latest-news/item/7640-rhode...

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