Miss. Lawmakers Could Debate School Bus Seat Belts

Miss. Lawmakers Could Debate School Bus Seat Belts

Mississippi lawmakers in 2014 could debate whether to require seat belts in school buses, but it could be a tough fight.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers in 2014 could debate whether to require seat belts in school buses, but it could be a tough fight.

The state budget is already stretched, and many lawmakers say they don't want to push more expenses onto local school districts.

Plus, some lawmakers have shown over the years that they don't like the government requiring seat belt use in private vehicles.

Advocates say seat belts could help reduce the severity of children's injuries in case of a school bus wreck. Critics say, however, it would be difficult for school bus drivers to make sure all children are buckled up.

Democratic Rep. Johnny Stringer of Montrose says Tuesday that he checked with the state Department of Education: Mississippi had 184 school bus accidents last year, none of them fatal.

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