TN Lawmakers mull more bus safety improvements for students

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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare — an accident on the school bus. 

The most recent one happened in Brentwood Tuesday on Wilson Pike with seven kids on board, all expected to okay. 

But other bus crashes in tennessee have been much worse. 

State senator Todd Gardenhire represents the Chattanooga area. Six children there died when their bus flipped over two years ago. 

“Woodmore elementary is where all the kids were from on that bus,” said Gardenhire. “You’ve got a whole generation of children that will be affected by this because one day their friends were there and the next hour they’re gone.” 

Since then, former Governor Bill Haslam created a school safety plan offering money for safety restraints. School districts can apply for a grant whenever they buy a new bus. 

“Once they buy those buses, the state will put in $10,000 to add those seat restraints, and that’s what the costs will be to each of those new school buses,” said Sen. Gardenhire. 

State leaders already approved $3 Million for the program. Senator Gardenhire says once that money is used, they’ll decide on how to move forward. 

“When the money runs out, whenver that may be in two years or three years, then we’ll look at it and see what the safety record has been with those buses versus those that don’t have the restraints on them.” 

Williamson County and Cannon County also plan to get new buses with safety restraints. Metro schools don’t have them 

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