It is true that seat belts save lives. Texas law now requires school districts who are in the market of purchasing new school busses are required to have seatbelts installed under a new state law.
The deputy director of Texas Watch, Tori Sommerman said in an e-mail saying "common-sense safety legistlation acts on what Texas already know to be true: that seat belts save lives."
There were several instances that seatbelts could've saved lives. For example, in 2015, a school bus in Houston had plunged from an overpass killing Janecia Chatman and Mariya Johnson. In 2007, two students from Beaumont were tragically killed when their bus flipped. State troopers had mentioned if they had been wearing seat belts their chances of survival would have been greater.
Three-point seat belts would be installed in 2018 or newer school busses but under the law that older busses would opt out of the seat belt requirement.
One fall back of the new requirement is the price tag ranging from $8,000 to $10,000 per bus installation.
The Seat Belt bill cleared Texas legislation on Senate Bill 693 with a 25 - 6 vote passed on Thursday, September 7th.