Source: New Jersey Globe
New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a new law that mandates all new school buses to be equipped with three-point safety belts.
The legislation was passed after a tragic May 17 school bus accident on Route 80 that killed fifth grader Miranda Vargas and her teacher, Jennifer Williamson. Several students and faculty from East Brook Middle School were injured in the crash.
“It was a day of broken hearts,” Gov. Murphy recalled. “We will never know if a three-point belt would have saved the lives of Miranda Vargas and Jennifer Williamson, or whether they would have prevented serious injury to so many others on May 17.
“Every child, educator, and adult chaperone deserves our best effort to protect their safety — and the best possible chance of emerging unharmed in the unfortunate event of a school bus accident.
“For Miranda and Mrs. Williamson, for all the children in New Jersey, and for their families and communities, I am honored to sign this legislation.”
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