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Last month in Las Vegas, more than a dozen students were injured in a school bus crash. In the last seven months, children in Massachusetts and Tennessee have been killed or injured in school bus accidents. In response, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation requiring all new school buses in the State be equipped with seat belts. The law applies to bus purchases made on or after July 1, 2019. This puts Nevada in line with six other states – California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas – who have enacted similar laws. Although the new regulation addresses safety in crashes, some worry it inhibits a rider's ability to quickly escape in emergency situations. The cost of adding seat belts to a new bus is estimated between $7,000 and $10,000.
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