Sen. Brown keeps foot on gas for bus safety bill; Bryan’s John Betts make another plea at national’s capital

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Sen. Brown keeps foot on gas for bus safety bill; Bryan’s John Betts make another plea at national’s capital

Crescent-News – Four years after his son’s death, John Betts hasn’t lost his resolve to help change the nation’s bus safety laws.

His son, David, and Zachary Arend of Oakwood were among seven people killed in the 2007 bus accident in Atlanta, Ga.

“As I become more frustrated and angry, I become more energetic,” the Bryan man said Thursday. “This is something that’s common sense and it has to happen.”

Betts and his wife, Joy, traveled to the nation’s capital three weeks ago to continue his quest to plead for the passage of the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). It marked his sixth trip to Washington to advocate for the legislation.

“Mr. Betts has been a courageous voice for tour bus safety,” said Brown. “He is a vibrant example of how grief can be transformed into advocacy. While it’s natural to turn grief inward, John Betts is fighting to change this problem. Like him, I’m not willing to sit by while lives are at risk.”

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