SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A state lawmaker hopes two
high-profile collisions involving school buses in a week that left more than
60 people injured will spur parents to urge Indiana lawmakers to make seat
belts on buses mandatory.
State Rep. John Bartlett of Indianapolis introduced a bill
requiring seat belts on buses that was referred to the Committee on
Education during the legislative session earlier this year, but no action
was taken. Legislative leaders said Thursday that lawmakers would review the
use of seat belts on school buses during the summer in a committee looking
at a broad range of education issues.
The move comes a day after about 50 middle and high school
students in northern Indiana were treated at hospitals mostly for minor
injuries following a chain-reaction crash involving four buses.