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Rapid City district to consider $1M seat belt plan for buses

RAPID CITY (AP) -- The Rapid City school district is considering an up to $1 million effort to retrofit its fleet of buses with seat belts. The Rapid City Journal reports that a federal panel and the National Transportation Safety board recommend...

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RAPID CITY (AP) - The Rapid City school district is considering an up to $1 million effort to retrofit its fleet of buses with seat belts.

The Rapid City Journal reports that a federal panel and the National Transportation Safety board recommended last week that all buses should be equipped with lap and shoulder seat belts. The guidance comes days after a recent bus collision in New Jersey that killed a student and a teacher.

But the district's transportation director Dennis Berg says the Rapid City buses are already safe. He says equipping the nearly 100 buses could cost between $750,000 and $1 million.

District spokeswoman Katy Urban says education officials haven't decided on the school bus changes.

Berg says updating the school buses could take 16 years and lead to parent complaints. 

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