Alabama to Do Three-year Study of School Bus Safety Belts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Governor's Study Group on School Bus Seat Belts voted to seek proposals from Alabama universities to do a three-year study of school buses equipped with safety belts.

The study group plans to use ten to 15 school buses equipped with safety belts for the study.

Some will be on urban routes with frequent stops and some will be on rural routes that have miles between stops. The buses will have cameras front and rear to determine if students are using the belts and what effect they have.

Governor Riley formed the study group after four Huntsville students died in a school bus wreck last November.

Huntsville Superintendent Ann Roy Moore says the study shows something positive will come out of the tragedy.

The Legislature has allocated $750,000 to start the study.

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