[lit-ideas] Seat belts

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 06:36:04 EST

I never have understood why the laws require seatbelts (I don't know about  
elsewhere, but in MO, if you are pulled over by the police for some reason, 
even  just a check-point, and are not wearing a seatbelt, you get a ticket and 
a  
fine), but school buses are exempt.  In MO, at least, the vehicles are not  
even equipped w/ them.
 
Julie Krueger
 
_Click  here: School bus injuries send 17,000 kids to ERs each year - 
CNN.com_ 
(http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/11/06/school.bus.injuries.ap/index.html)  
 
 
CHICAGO, Illinois  (AP) -- New national data show school bus-related 
accidents send 17,000 U.S.  children to emergency rooms each year, more than 
double 
the number in previous  estimates that only included crashes.
Nearly one-fourth of the accidents occur when children are boarding or  
leaving school buses, while crashes account for 42 percent, the new research  
shows. 
Slips and falls on buses, getting jostled when buses stop or turn suddenly,  
and injuries from roughhousing are among other ways kids get hurt on school  
buses, the data found. 
Injuries range from cuts and sprains to broken bones, but most are not  
life-threatening and don't require hospitalization. And while the numbers are  
higher than previously reported, they represent a small fraction of the 23.5  
million children who travel on school buses nationwide each year, the  
researchers 
said. 
The researchers said the results provide a strong argument for requiring  
safety belts on school buses, something industry groups say is unnecessary and  
is more than many school districts can afford.

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