Jefferson ISD begins a transition to buses with seat belts

By Carla Bass, City Editor

SeatbeltsStarting this past Septem­ber, Texas school districts in the market for new school buses must ensure they have shoulder-to-lap seat belts for all riders. The three-point seat belt law replaces a 2007 law that offered money to dis­tricts that opted to install seat belts in their school buses.

Jefferson has received its first bus to have the seat belts pre-installed into the bus.

In speaking with Transpor­tation Director, Jack Smith, he stated, “All new buses the district purchases from this point forward, will have the seat belts included.”

When asked if the older buses would be retrofitted when they get the seats over­hauled, as often happens with buses of a certain age and wear, he was unsure if that would happen, but that any new buses will have seatbelts in accordance with the new state law.

Shown are two of the pri­mary students on their way to a field trip to Region 7 in Kilg­ore buckled into their seats.

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