School Bus Seatbelt Program to Continue

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

On Wednesday, NewsWest 9 told you how budget cuts are slicing into a new law to get seat belts on school buses.

Now it looks like the program will go forward but West Texas schools could be put on a waiting list.

Legislators gave the Texas Education Agency the nod to start dolling out funds for the seatbelt program on Friday.

The program originally had 10 million dollars to have all buses purchased after September 1st outfitted with seat belts.

Budget cuts mean there is only 3.6 million dollars to go around.

Legislators directed the Texas Education Agency to give priority to districts in areas with a high number of serious crashes.

So schools in counties like Tarrant and Harris will be first on the list to score funding.