Study shows school bus seatbelts improve student behavior

Research from a new study published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concludes what many student transporters with seatbelt experience already know: Besides protecting students in crashes, occupant restraint systems could result in an additional benefit of improved onboard student behavior and reduced distractions for the bus drivers.

In fact, drivers of large school buses told researchers that seatbelts are more apt to decrease the number of student behavior writeups than to increase safety in a crash or other incident. But calmer student environments on the bus are directly correlated to consistent policies on seatbelt usage, according to the report released in March.