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Governor's group wants $1.4 million bus seat belt study

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The seven-person group appointed by Alabama Gov. Riley to evaluate school bus safety made a recommendation to the Governor yesterday, says a report from the Montgomery Advertiser.

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070301/NEWS02/703010358/1009

The group wants the state to fund a $1.4 million pilot study of seat belts on school buses over a three-year period to determine whether this would improve safety for school children. The costs for the pilot account for extra buses, bus drivers and bus aides to monitor the students’ use of seat belts.

The Governor said that he “nearly 100 percent” sure that lawmakers will approve this recommendation.

A tragic school bus accident in November that killed four Lee High School students in Huntsville, Alabama, has put the issue of seat belts on school buses in the hot seat.