Columbus City Schools puts new prototype bus with seat belts to the test
The district unveiled the new bus Tuesday morning. Inside, there are eight seats with seat belts. Some seats have booster seats for preschool-aged children.
On the outside, there are additional lights as well as reflective markings to make it more visible to drivers.
The district said it plans to test the bus on the road for three months.
The bus was created in partnership with the Department of Education and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The new prototype school bus cost around $100,000, per school officials. It is a shorter bus, not a traditional full-size.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that seat belts are already an approved option for buses. It said it's up to the school district whether or not it wants to use them.
Columbus City Schools said it would cost $800 a seat to retrofit its current buses with seat belts. It said it has about 850 buses.
During the trial run, the district said it will look at the cost and practicality of the safety changes.