Out of tragedy comes an affirmation across the aisle to save lives going forward. That should be the positive result of the just-enacted Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act that President Barack Obama signed into law Friday.
It's past time for such common-sense bus-safety measures as required seat belts and harnesses, reinforced windows, crush-resistant bus roofs, enhanced driver training and flame-resistant bus interiors.
This bipartisan measure, championed by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, grew out of the March 2, 2007, bus crash in Atlanta that killed five members of the baseball team from Bluffton University in western Ohio. A federal safety review of that crash attributed it primarily to driver error and inadequate signage, but said deficient passenger safety equipment contributed to the deaths and injuries.
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