Players Cheer for Seat Belts on Buses

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A group of soccer players and their parents yesterday cheered the Beaumont school board's vote to put seat belts in new buses.

The board approved buying ten new school buses with seat belts and adding belts to 20 others bought last month.

Two players on the Beaumont West Brook High School girls soccer team were killed in March when the team's bus crashed on the way to a game in Humble.

Beaumont is the second school district in Texas to add seat belts to school buses. Austin schools have required lap belts since the 1980s. Beaumont's mandate calls for three-point lap-shoulder belts.

The state does not require seat belts in school buses.