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Officials remove all seat belts from school buses due to safety concerns

By Mason White 6:11 PM January 15, 2017
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By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) The parents of school children in Colorado, said that they were surprised by the decision to remove seat belts from buses due to safety concerns.

The Aspen School District decided to remove all seat belts from school buses because a study showed that lap belts are more damaging than no belts during an accident.

The district has a total of 22 school buses, and they were all equipped with large lap belts. Regular shoulder belts are safe to wear during an accident.

The cost to replace the lap belts with shoulder belts is $330,000. Since the district has no money to install shoulder belts, it decided that for now, the school buses will have no seat belts.

The district operates 14 minibuses, which are equipped with standard shoulder seat belts.

Parents criticized the decision, saying that their children are at risk while riding the school buses as they are not secured in the seats in case of an accident.