Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The State Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to a change in state rules that would require seatbelts to be installed in all new school buses.
Department of Education transportation director, Max Christensen, told the board the National Transportation Safety Board recommended last May that lap-shoulder belts should be required.
He says they have a group that reviews proposed changes, and they unanimously voted in favor of requiring the belts. Some schools are already requesting them when they get new buses.
Christensen says those districts have found a side benefit to the lap belts along with the safe travel.
Information presented to the board shows the lap-shoulder belts cost around 123 dollars each, and that would add about 84-hundred dollars