U.S. .Transportation Secretary makes Alabama announcement

DEATSVILLE, AL  - U.S. Transportation Secretary Admiral

Thomas Barrett is scheduled to tour a Deatsville elementary school

before making an announcement regarding school bus safety.

Barrett will visit Pine Level Elementary School along with Gov.

Bob Riley Wednesday and talk about measures to make the nation's

school buses safer.

Alabama is conducting an unprecedented 3-year study to see if

seat belts make the buses safer after four Lee High School students

were killed in a 2006 bus crash.

The pilot study began in August and 12 new school buses have

been equipped with various types of three-point seat belts.