The Kentucky State Senate has acted to close a loophole that currently exists in the Commonwealth’s seat belt law. Now, Kentucky law only requires seat belt use in vehicles that carry up to 10 people. Senate Bill 89 would push the requirement to vehicles that carry up to 15 passengers. Federal law begins regulating at vehicles that carry 16 or more people, which are classified as buses.
Unfortunately, it took the worst car and truck crash since the Carrollton bus crash in 1988 to bring the gap in the law to light. I previously posted about it here. It involved a 15 passenger van. 10 of 12 people in the van died when a semi-tractor trailer truck crossed over and through the median of I-65 in Hart County and crashed into it. Most passengers in the van were not wearing seat belts.