A traffic safety advocacy group announced that for the first time its annual safety survey includes observing belt use for school bus drivers, not just students.

The South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance has conducted annual surveys since 2007, program manager Teresa Thomas said.

School bus driver observations will include gender, cell phone use and the bus company, and will continue through May, Thomas said.

The survey makes observations at various locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties. It looks at various traffic-safety issues, ranging from texting by drivers to seat belt use by commercial-vehicle drivers

The information on school bus drivers will be sent to each school district and bus company with an offer for the alliance to come in and do education on seat belts and cell phones and review policy.

Previous years reports and a year-to-year comparison are available online at SJTSA.org

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