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National Highway Traffic Administration changes stance on seatbelts on school buses

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Should students on school buses buckle up?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now saying yes.

“Seats save lives should be on every school bus for every kid let's start figuring out how to make that happen,” said Mark Rosekind with the NHTSA.

Genesee intermediate school district spokesperson Jerrry Johnson said the government agency's new stance on seat belts is a change.

For years the NHTSA has said school buses are safe without them.

“The research that we understand to this point suggests that the construction of the bus ensures safety- not a seat belt. If new research suggests otherwise we certainly want to take a look at that,” Johnson said.

School officials are also concerned about the cost and time to install the seat belts.

 Six states require seat belts on school buses, Michigan is not one of them.

Bills have been introduced in the state house, but so far they're sitting in the committee on transportation and infrastructure.

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