New tour bus safety law announced

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Senator Sherrod Brown joined an Ohio family, a national safety advocate, and Cleveland bus drivers Sunday, to hail a new law regarding tour bus safety.

The new law enacted Friday will require safety belts, stronger seating systems, and enhanced commercial driver training to improve tour bus safety.

Following a 2007 bus crash involving members of the Bluffton University baseball team, Brown worked alongside Ohio families—including John and Joy Betts, whose son David died in the Bluffton accident—to introduce bipartisan legislation addressing tour bus safety.

"Stronger tour bus safety standards are long overdue. These measures will protect both passengers and other motorists on the road," Brown said. "By equipping buses with common-sense safety measures—seatbelts, stronger roofs, and safer windows—we can help prevent deaths and minimize injuries. Simply put, this bill will help save lives.

"The enactment of this law wouldn't have happened without the tireless advocacy of John and Joy Betts, who turned their grief into action after their son, David, passed away in the Bluffton accident," Brown continued. "The tragedy rocked a small town in Ohio, but also brought national attention to long-overdue safety improvements for America's tour buses."

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