Q: WHY DON'T SCHOOL BUSES HAVE SEAT BELTS ?
A: School buses contracted by the SPS afford students the safest form of transportation to and from school. This has been validated by Federal crash testing and research by the National Academy of Sciences. School buses have to meet rigid Federal construction standards for the sides and tops of the bus, fuel tanks along with the inside of each bus. The thick padded seats and seat backs provide a passive form of crash protection known as "compartmentalization." This padding, combined with the placement of the seating area high above the impact zone offers a protection that has resulted in an unmatched record of passenger safety.