Asks Seat Belts For StudentsMay 10, 2005 | www.southbaynews.com Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently renewed his call for the required use of seat belts on school buses throughout New York State. This renewed effort comes in light of the recent school bus accident involving students from St. Christopher’s School in Baldwin, in which the school bus they were aboard overturned on a roadway in Queens.
"New York State mandates that all passengers under the age of 16 wear not afforded to our students as they travel to and from school. This is a contrast that must be remedied so that the children are taught consistently that seat belts save lives," stated Fuschillo. "New York State must be uniform in its approach to the safety of our children and in what we teach our children at home and in our schools."
Senator Fuschillo has sponsored legislation that would require all passengers on any school bus equipped with seat belts throughout New York State to utilize those safety belts. According to the legislation, operation of the school bus would be prohibited until after all in the bus were duly protected. The legislation also would call for a sign to be posted on every school bus stating that New York State law requires the usage of seat belts while the bus is in operation.
State law does currently require that all bus drivers be restrained by a safety belt before operation commences.
The legislation is currently before the Education Committee of the New York State Senate.