RALEIGH, N.C. — You are expected to wear a seat belt in your car, but when kids get on a school bus, there is no such option. However, North Carolina is testing the idea.
Thirteen buses across the state are outfitted with seat belts. Wake, Johnston and Lee counties are part of the pilot program.
Buses with seat belts cost $8,000 to $10,000 more than a regular bus.
State officials said fatal school bus accidents involving riders are rare. They claim injuries on the bus are also minimized because of the padded front and back design of the seat.
Officials said they are only collecting data. No decisions are expected in the near future.