MONTICELLO, ILL. (WCCU) — Recent bus crashes have many parents wondering just how safe school buses are in the event of a crash.
A local school bus director says buses are built with students in mind, and said things like seatbelts could actually pose a risk to those on board.
A number of school buses have other safety features already in place, whether it’s an alarm to make sure no student is left on the bus, or high-back seats to protect kids in a crash.
“Seatbelts should not be added,” Monticello school bus director, Mary Habel said. “These buses are made for safety so that the seats would take the impact of the children. So there’s no reason to have seat belts on there.”
Many school busses, including those in Monticello, do have seat belts on board, but Habel said using them would do more harm than good in the case of an accident.