By Carla Bass, City Editor
Starting 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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