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Monday, October 18, 2010 - 11:59am

Lawmakers Consider Seatbelts on School Buses

Updated: 6 years ago.
The recent death of a student who died after a bus crash have lawmakers considering legislation to equip school buses with seatbelts. (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Georgia lawmakers may consider requiring school buses to come equipped with seat belts in the wake of a bus crash in Carroll County that killed a 17-year-old student.

State Rep. Terry England told the Athens Banner-Herald that several legislators have discussed a proposal after 17-year-old James Rashawn Walker died this month when his school bus ran into a ditch and overturned.

State education officials have not taken a position on seat belts on large buses.

Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said regulators are awaiting a three-year study by the University Transportation Center for Alabama on their effectiveness in reducing injuries before taking a stance.