Seat belts Needed on Indiana School Buses

The number of calls for seat belts on Indiana’s school buses are growing after a bus carrying a high school basketball team overturned in a crash.

The Griffith team was traveling to play in a semi-state tournament game March 19 when police say the bus was sideswiped by a car and rolled over into a ditch near DeMotte. An assistant coach was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, while the other 26 players and staff members on the bus were treated and released. Like most states, Indiana doesn’t require seat belts on school buses. Two bills in the Legislature calling for school bus seat belts to be required didn’t receive committee hearings this year.