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With More Houston Buses Equipped With Safety Belts, Town Hall To Stress Using Them

In Houston schools, students are supposed to buckle up if seat-belts are available.

When two students died in a fatal bus accident last fall, a debate about seat-belts on school buses was reignited.

A town hall forum Tuesday evening will continue that debate, and try to convince students to wear seat-belts when they are available.

The forum is set for Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Oak Forest Elementary, 1401 W. 43rd St. 

Since that accident, administrators with the Houston Independent School District decided all new school buses would have three-point seat-belts. They strap across your shoulder and your waist, as if you were in a car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has updated its position. It recommends — but doesn’t require — that students should have access to those safety belts.

 In Houston schools, it’s required to wear them if they are available.

 Next fall there will be more buses equipped with three point seat-belts.

 HISD has ordered about forty buses with them. When they hit the road this summer, transportation officials plan to put them on the routes with the most mileage.

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Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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