Mon., October 25, 2010 8:14am (EDT)

School Bus Seat Belts Under Review
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
(Photo: Edgar Treiguts)
(Photo: Edgar Treiguts)
Some state lawmakers have discussed possible legislation about seat belts in school buses after the death of a 17 year old student this month. An Alabama study to be released today will be key in the decision.

James Rashawn Walker died when his school bus ran into a ditch and overturned in Caroll County. There are now calls for possible seat belt laws on school buses in Georgia. State Representative Terry England says no-one wants to make a hasty decision that could be costly.

“I’d rather see the research first because I would hate to require something that we think makes the buses saver which in the long run makes them less save.”

That answer could come today when Alabama state officials release the results of a 3 year study on school bus safety by the University of Alabama. It was commissioned after 4 students died in a bus accident in Huntsville in 2006.