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TN General Assembly to consider seat belts on school buses

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Two committees in the Tennessee General Assembly will consider a bill that would require seat belts on school buses, proposed by a Knoxville lawmaker in response to a deadly school bus crash on Asheville Highway in December.

The Senate Education Committee and the House Transportation Committee are scheduled to consider the bill on Wednesday afternoon drafted by Rep. Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), children don't need to buckle up on school buses because the closely-spaced seats have energy-absorbing backs provide occupants protection during an accident.

On average, six school-age children in the U.S. die in school bus crashes every year, according to the NHTSA.

About a half dozen states require safety restraints on school buses, according to Rep. Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville). In the past, representatives have considered requiring seat belts on school buses, but it never became a law.

"In the past, it did not pass, mainly because it didn't show that it would actually save lives," Dunn told 10News during an interview in December.

Cost is another issue.

Read more at WBIR's website.

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