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New Pre-K Seat Belt Regulation For School Buses Begins Jan. 1

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.

Photo: Kolin Toney (Flickr) The Indiana Department of Education wants to make school bus rides safer for preschoolers in the new year. All Indiana school districts who provide transportation for preschool students will be required to provide safety restraints beginning Jan. 1. The restraint has to meet all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

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