senate Bill S152

Requires the use of seat belts by passengers of school buses; requires commissioner of transportation to place warning signs on all school buses

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8486
Versions:
S152
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S152

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the usage
of seat safety belts by passengers of school buses which are equipped
with such belts

PURPOSE :

This bill seeks to increase the safety of children while they are
being transported by school bus, by requiring the use of seat belts in
buses so equipped.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Section 1 would amend subdivision 1 of §3623 of the Education law to
require all passengers on school buses equipped with seat belts to use
them, and to require a sign to be posted on all school buses with seat
belts that would notify passengers of the seat belt use requirement.
The sign would be provided by the state Department of Transportation.

Section 2 would correct references in §3635-a of the Education law so
that local school boards may provide for the installation of school
seat safety belts; upon such installation, use of the belts would be
required.

EXISTING LAW :

Seat belts have been required to be installed in all new school buses
purchased over the last 15 years, however, whether the use of the seat
belts is required is currently up to the discretion of each school
district.

JUSTIFICATION :

In 1984, New York State led the nation in the drive toward automotive
passenger safety, by requiring the use of seat belts and safety seats
in motor vehicles operated in the state. A small group of vehicles was
exempt from the application of this law; unfortunately, this exempt
group of vehicles included school buses. In 1986, new school buses
were required to have seat safety belts in place beginning the
following year. Whether seat belts were required to be used was an
issue left to the discretion of individual school districts. This
legislation would close the circle of student vehicle safety.

Mandatory use of seat safety belts may protect student passengers from
injury in the event of an accident, keep students from moving around
the bus while it is in motion (which may prevent injuries incurred
during normal driving), and lessen distractions that the driver may be
subjected to as a result of students moving about while the bus is in
motion. Furthermore, the required use of seat belts in a bus would
address the double-standard that currently exists between children
riding in passenger vehicles, who are required to use seat belts, and
children riding in school buses, who are not.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 Education Committee (S.1538/A.6676)
2005-2006 Education Committee (S.791/A.9391)
2003-2004 Education Committee (S.2330)
2001-2002 Education Committee (S.879/A4824)
1999-2000 Education Committee (S.4975/A.9318)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE :
September 1 following enactment.
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