Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Sunday to require passengers on commercial buses equipped with seat belts to use them, a decision following a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board after a San Jose bus crash that killed two people.
The new law requires bus drivers to tell passengers before each trip that they are required to buckle up. Failure to do so will be punishable by a fine of up to $20 for the first offense, and up to $50 for the following offenses.
The federal safety board highlighted the need to ensure passengers wear seat belts in a report released after the San Jose crash in January 2016. That Greyhound bus was equipped with the devices, but the two women killed had not been wearing them and were ejected from the vehicle.
“This is common-sense legislation that will save lives,” Hill said in a statement.