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Seat belts on school buses debate gets new backing in Illinois

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The Illinois Secretary of State is backing a measure that would require seat belts on school buses.

Secretary Jesse White announced his support for the proposal Tuesday.

It would mandate all public school buses come equipped with 3-point seat belts like those found in cars.
   
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3-point belts protect passengers better than lap belts by spreading sudden body movement caused by a crash over the chest, waist and shoulders.

The administration endorsed seat belts on school buses in 2015.

Six other states have passed laws requiring them.

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