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DeKalb Central sees success with seat belts on buses

DeKalb Central students have already buckling up on the bus for about a year.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 8:54 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 11:01 PM

WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) - Hundreds of students in Allen County will have to buckle up when they go back to school in August.

FOX 55 first reported about Fort Wayne Community Schools and Northwest Allen county Schools equipping buses with seat belts.

East Allen County Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools will also roll out buses with seat belts next month.

However, some DeKalb Central students have already buckling up on the bus for about a year.

"Our daily differences we see are huge," said DeKalb Central transportation director Renee Dawson. "Students are responding well to that. By the time our kindergartners get to be 12th graders, that's going to be all they know because they will have been on a bus for 12 years with a seat belt."

DeKalb put five buses with lap and shoulder buses on the road during the last school year.

"We chose routes that were crowded and maybe could help a driver with some student management," Dawson said.

Dawson said the seat belts not only improves student safety in case of a crash, but also allows the driver to focus more on the road.

"The student atmosphere is so much improved. Our drivers are asking for the seat belts now. Rather than "I don't want one," it's
"When can I get one?" Dawson told FOX 55.

FWCS is adding 26 with the buses with seat belts to routes.

Frank Jackson, FWCS Transportation Director, expects students to already know what to do.

"We don't believe there will be much of a transition in getting kids to wear seat belts when they enter our school buses," he said.

Students riding buses with seat belts will be required to wear them per school policies.

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