NCSL Launches Update on School Bus Safety in the States


NCSL press release

Denver – Every year, school buses transport more than 25 million children. State legislatures around the country have enacted legislation aimed at curbing the number of vehicles illegally passing school buses and adding school bus seat belts, according to an update on state legislative action from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A few highlights include:

  • 16 states explicitly allow local governments or school districts to use cameras to capture images and issue tickets for drivers illegally passing stopped school buses.
  • Eight states--Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas--have laws requiring the installation of seat belts on school buses. The laws in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, however, are subject to appropriations or approval or denial by local jurisdictions.

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NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.