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IPS purchases 100 new school buses equipped with seat belts

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Public Schools is rolling out 100 new school buses that are equipped with seat belts for the upcoming school year.

The buses, which are manufactured by IC Bus in Westfield, are equipped with BTI Seating. These kinds of seats offer three-point lap-shoulder belts to keep students safer. The seats are also easier to configure and repair, which IPS officials say will save the district money.

The decision to purchase the buses came after a NHTSA administrator challenged school districts around the country to add the life-saving devices to their buses. IPS, which is the largest district in Indiana, was one of the first to heed the call.

IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee says the new seat belts will not only keep students secure, but also reduce behavioral issues.

“What we do know about safety and the restraints that we have, is not only is it an opportunity to keep the student in their seats, but when students are in their seats there’s a dramatic reduction in behavior issues, bullying, those types of things, so this is a great opportunity,” said Ferebee.

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