HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
Pennsylvania's public school buses would have to be equipped with retractable seat belts under new legislation proposed by a state lawmaker.
State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia) said he plans to introduce a measure to require seat belts on all public school buses that carry passengers 12 years of age or younger.
Buses without seat belts would not be permitted to carry younger passengers, he said.
Thomas said his legislation would phase in the installation of seat belts to lessen the financial burden on school districts.
He said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports show 139 people die in school transportation-related crashes every year, and 13,000 more are injured.