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Seat Belts on Utah School Buses Not Likely

Seat Belts on Utah School Buses Not Likely



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- California and Texas have made seat belts mandatory on school buses, but Utah isn't likely to do the same.

It just costs too much money.

That's according to Murrell Martin, a specialist on student transportation for the Utah Department of Transportation.

Martin says there are more than 2,000 buses statewide and it would be too expensive to put seat belts in them.

But Martin emphasizes that accidents involving school buses are relatively rare and says students are eight times safer in a bus than in a parent's vehicle.

This fall the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to recommend them as a voluntary standard feature on buses.

In Utah, the state Legislature would have to adopt legislation requiring seat belts on buses and provide funding.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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