";s:4:"text";s:3801:" At that time, lap-only belts were the only type available for school buses, so the law specified the use of lap-ony belts. Currently, however, only eight states, including New Jersey, require seat belts on school buses larger than 10,000 pounds. Buses in NY & NJ are required to have seat belts – but many just have lap belts. Some school districts are putting lap/shoulder belts into their new buses. By federal safety standards, school buses that weigh less than 10,000 pounds require three-point seat belts. While compartmentalization works for school age kids & adults, it doesn’t work for pre-schoolers. The law goes into effect in early 2019 for all new school bus purchases. NJ School Buses Must Have 3-Point Seat Belts Now - Paramus, NJ - Murphy signed the now-law in response to the Paramus East Brook Middle School bus … This report updates the information provided in OLR Report 2010-R-0055. Current federal law requires seat belts only on school buses that weigh 10,000 pounds or less. 6A:27-2.
state school bus seat belt laws. Failure to wear a seat belt as a front seat passenger is a primary offense, allowing law enforcement to stop the vehicle if an officer does not see a seat belt being used. Out of these eight states, only California, Texas and now New Jersey require three-point seat belts in large school buses.
Just as in other vehicles, these children need to be properly secured in Child Safety Restraint Systems (CSRS) when traveling in a school bus. Back seat passengers may be cited if the vehicle is stopped for another offense. But the tide started to turn in favor of seat belts in 2007 when a bus carrying a baseball team from Ohio's Bluffton University plummeted off a highway overpass in Atlanta, killing 7 and injuring 28. Just as in other vehicles, these children need to be properly secured in Child Safety Restraint Systems (CSRS) when traveling in a school bus. In order to meet the NJ car seat safety guidelines, every child riding as a passenger in a vehicle younger than eight years of age or shorter than 57 inches tall must be secured in the rear seat of a vehicle. For passengers in the back seat, failure to wear a seat belt is a secondary offense. NJ school bus safety: Harnesses may just be the start of reform.