Avon Lake, Ohio City Schools to test school bus with seat belts next year

Avon Lake City Schools is planning a school bus seat belt pilot program next spring.

The district started looking into the idea of seat belts on school buses after several bus crashes got national attention.

About 2,800 students take the bus to and from school in Avon Lake City Schools.

“The safety of those kids and the safety of our bus fleet is a huge issue for us all the time,” said Superintendent Bob Scott.

Seat belts are only required by the federal government on small school buses weighing 10,000 pounds or less. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large school buses are built to minimize injury in the event of a crash and that’s why seat belts are not mandated.