Gottheimer Hails School Bus Seat Belt Law to Keep Kids in New Jersey Safe


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Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) praised the bipartisan legislation Governor Murphy signed into law today to require all new school buses have three-point lap-and-shoulder seat belts.

It is a key step in a broader national legislative effort, including the SECURES Act, which requires lap-and-shoulder seat belts on all larger school buses nationwide.

“Any of our children could have been on that Paramus bus. As a parent and as a Congressman, I’m relieved to see the state work quickly to ensure that every child in New Jersey is as safe as possible when they’re on the road. Now we must continue to fight for these protections nationwide -- America can’t cut corners when it comes to the safety of our children,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). "Senator Lagana, Assemblyman Tully, and Assemblywoman Swain have been champions for Paramus children in getting this legislation signed into law."

Gottheimer’s bipartisan federal legislation announced in May, the Secure Every Child Under the Right Equipment Standards (SECURES) Act of 2018, would require that all school buses nationwide have three-point lap-and-shoulder seat belts and encourage innovative measures to ensure that students are actually wearing their seat belts while on school buses.

In May, the SECURES Act, Cosponsored by Congressman John Faso (NY-19), was introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.



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