EACS implement seat belts

East Allen County Schools transportation announced their students will be apart of their seatbelt implementation program. It means once each student who sits on the school bus will now be required to wear a seat belt.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 8:24 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 11:52 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- East Allen County School buses are implementing their new seatbelts for the first time.

Students at Prince Chapman Academy entered the school bus noticing them right away.
The bus is equipped with new lap shoulder belts that can accomodate two to three students in each seat, and adults for field trips.

"This is a learning curve. This is the first time that we've dealt with seat belts,"Pat McCann, principal of Prince Chapman Academy

Students were able to test them out today.

Even though the buses were already ordered for the school year, only one bus has belts, but the director of transportation said the rest will soon follow in the upcoming years.

"They're a 3 point belt. Not a two point. In the past we've had two point belts on some of them. Only hip to hip point. Now we're going to have both hips and a shoulder," David Myers said.

Myers said since all of the parents have been notified about the seatbelts, the feedback has been positive. The first bus driver to try them said they provide a little relief for him too.

"I won't have to look in the mirror as much to see what the kids are doing. they can't turn around as much and fight- arguments."A.J. Blackford said.

Lionel Hogan's children attend the school and he thinks it's a great idea.

"It's magnificent. Accidents happen. We need to have our children safe,"he said.

They expect to have four buses spread out throughout the district with seatbelts by Thanksgiving so all the schools can experience them and transportation will know how well they are working.

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