Price of Safety: Seat Belts on Iowa School Buses Could Cost Tens of Millions of Dollars

Two school buses with seat belts worked so well last year that Des Moines Public Schools ordered eight more this year, officials say. But economic reality means the district won’t soon accomplish its ultimate goal: seat belts on all buses.

Former Des Moines Public Schools Transportation Director Todd Liston said, “You hate to go back in there and say that you’re putting a price on safety, but you kind of are.”