Mike LaRocco is the director of transportation for the IDOE. He says school buses aren’t safe for preschoolers because the kids are too small.
“They would submarine under the seat in front of them in a crash situation,” LaRocco says. “So depending on the age and size of the child the school district will have to evaluate what kind of restraint system that they will put the child in.”
LaRocco says the State School Bus Committee started talking about requiring restraints in 2012, but this is the first regulation of its kind in Indiana.