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Tour bus rollover victims argue vehicle should have had seatbelts

A tour bus driver whose minibus flipped on an Arizona road while traveling from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, killing two Chinese tourists and injuring eight others in 2010, admitted during court testimony that he had been driving 5-15 mph over the speed limit posted ahead of a sharp bend. Driver Zhi Lu told jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court that he did not notice a sign reducing the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 mph on U.S. 93 / Pearce Ferry Road. Subsequently, he rounded the corner going 40-50 mph, stuck a sign designating the bend, and ... Read More

Atlanta-area school bus crash ignites debate about seat belts and driver safety

Two school buses collided in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Monday morning, injuring several students who were on their way to take the Georgia State Criterion-Referenced Competency Test and sparking a local debate on the need for safety belts on school buses and better driver safety. Authorities said that the crash occurred about 8:45 a.m. at an intersection in Norcross, Georgia, a city of about 11,000 people in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. A bus from Lilburn Middle School carrying 38 students drove into the back of a special needs bus carrying two children to Camp Creek Elementary School at the intersection. The ... Read More

Government finds commercial drivers are buckling up more than ever

More commercial truck and bus drivers are buckling up than ever before, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The agency compiled the data by observing nearly 21,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses at 827 roadside sites scattered across the U.S. According to the FMCSA, observers found that 74 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore their safety belts, a significant improvement from 2007 when only 65 percent of commercial drivers buckled up. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expressed no signs of contentment with the improvement. “Safety belts save ... Read More