A new bipartisan bill is mandating the installation of seat belts in newly manufactured school buses procured or rented by Wisconsin public school districts. The bill is intended to promote school bus safety and to prevent accident-related deaths in school buses. After the public hearing that occurred on Thursday, October 31, the bill is expected to move up the chain of legislature immediately.
The proposed legislation was filed in September under the sponsorship of Senator Dale Schultz (Republican-Richland Center), Representative Garey Bies (Republican-Sister Bay), and 12 Democratic senators. Despite the rising success of the bill, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and local school bus organizations opposed the bill claiming that the state’s existing school buses were already safe. However, Senator Tim Cullen (Democrat-Janesville), said school districts are primarily opposed to the bill because it would add costs to their overall expenses.
Providing additional safety measures for students riding in school buses could be valuable in protecting students from preventable injuries. Unfortunately, many drivers are not provided with the protections they need or deserve due to others’ negligence. If you have been harmed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence in Rhinelander, our lawyers from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you get compensation. Call us at (800) 242-2874 today.