Indiana school district purchasing new buses with seat belts

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. - A central Indiana school district is moving ahead with an idea the NTSB recommended earlier this year.

After Shelby Eastern Schools purchased a bus with seat belts recently, the superintendent says they will only buy school buses with seat belts moving forward.

The district said each seat will be fitted with three-point lap/shoulder belts that can accommodate three elementary students in individual seat belts or two middle/high school students in individual seat belts.

Earlier this year for the first time, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending all new school buses should be equipped with seat belts. The recommendation came after a pair of deadly bus investigations in 2016.

The NTSB also recommended to the National Highway Safety Administration that it requires "all new school buses to be equipped with collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking technologies" as well.

The district will create a disciplinary policy for students who do not use the seat belts.

The reportedly board approved the policy, 6-0.