A state senator who has pushed to require seat belts on school buses is encouraged by a federal recommendation.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seat belts.
Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha hopes the recommendation will persuade more senators to adopt his proposal.
“It’s not a matter of if we’re going to have another school bus accident, it’s a matter of when,” Hilkemann tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “And, if we have that accident, let’s have our children as safe as we can possibly have them and seat belts we know save lives and can certainly save some disastrous injuries.”
Hilkemann says been unable to get the legislation through the Unicameral in the past.
He claims Nebraskans are on board with the proposal.
“And the common response I get is why don’t we do that already?” according to Hilkemann. “So, I just think it makes good common sense that if we can make our buses even safer let’s do it.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.