RICHMOND, Va. (CBS) — The country’s top roadway safety regulator is changing its position on school bus safety, CBS News reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will now support – but not require – seat belts on school buses.

Statistics on school bus crashes (Image credit CBS This Morning)

Statistics on school bus crashes (Image credit CBS This Morning)

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind made the announcement at a speech in Virginia on Sunday, saying that seat belts save lives.

“School buses should have seat belts. Period.” Rosekind said.

The NHTSA hopes school bus makers will voluntarily outfit them with seat belts.

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