Comittee Meets to Discuss Seat Belts on School Buses

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A seven-member committee, headed by state School Superintendent Joe Morton, meets Wednesday in Montgomery to discuss the issue of seat belts on school buses.

The panel, appointed by Governor Bob Riley, will make recommendations to him and the Legislature by March second.

Riley called for a review of school bus safety in the wake of a November 20th school bus crash in Huntsville that killed four students and injured several others.

Federal transportation department officials also promised to assist in an analysis of school bus safety and any possible need for seat belts.

Riley previously said school buses have been safe. But he said if there is a way to lessen the risk, he wants to do it.

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