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21 November 2013 11:44 AM

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Megabus and other tour buses that go to and from Indianapolis might be different in the near future.

The federal government is requiring new buses to be equipped with seat belts by late 2016.

They have been advocating for seat belts after there have been so many deaths in bus crashes, especially closer to home with the Colonial Hills bus crash that killed three people this summer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that an average of 21 people in large buses are killed each year in crashes. Nearly 8,000 others are injured annually.

About half of all motorcoach deaths are the result of rollovers. About 70 percent of those killed in rollover accidents were thrown from the bus.

It may be some time before we see most buses with seat belts because buses are typically on the road for about 20 to 25 years.

Still, many are applauding this as an important step, saying people will now get the basic protections they get in their own cars.

Source: wishtv.com

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