For the first time, smaller school buses are soon to be equipped with lap and shoulder seat belts and larger buses will get higher seat backs. Larger buses will not be required to install seatbelts due to seat capacity needs. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters explained, "We wanted to make sure that any measures we put forth don't needlessly limit the capacity of the buses and then force that school or that school district to have more children walking, riding with parents, biking, etc." The new safety law will not take effect until 2011.
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