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.