State Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville

State Takes Up School Bus Safety

Soon Janesville may not be the only school district that requires seat belts on all new school buses.

State Senator Tim Cullen announced this week a bill that would make seat belts mandatory on all new Wisconsin school buses.

Cullen notes that everyone must be belted in private cars, but children travel in buses at 55 mph without belts.

Cullen's proposal would require seat belts only in newly manufactured school buses and would require that all passengers on school buses wear seat belts. School buses already on the road would not have to be retrofitted. The bill creates a grant program that would reimburse school districts for half the cost of adding belts to new buses.