Posted On: January 25, 2007 by Christopher T. Hurley

Illinois legislation proposes school bus seat belts

Illinois House Bill 381 (Elizabeth Coulson, R-Glenview) would require seat belts for passengers in all school buses that are purchased after July 1, 2008. The bill provides that each school bus that is purchased new shall be equipped with seat safety belts for each passenger, and that the State Board of Education shall adopt rules to ensure that school districts require all passengers on those buses to wear seat safety belts. The bill also provides that a school bus driver may not be held personally liable for the failure of passengers to wear seat safety belts, and would require implementation without reimbursement by the State.

While seat belts are necessary, the last provsion of the bill forcing school districts to pay for them without state or federal help will be tremendously burdensome.

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