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Seat belts can save Texas children's lives

Countless kids are injured while riding aboard school buses in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, the number of those hurt in Texas has dropped in recent years. This has happened in large part due to the passing of a state law that requires all large school buses to be equipped with seat belts.

What actually constitutes bullying?

While many people throw around the word "bullying," few have a clear understanding of what exactly entails. In short, it's any type of undesired, aggressive action taken by a child against another one. Any power imbalance between peers such as this may be deemed as bullying, especially if it's repeatedly enforced. Such treatment can leave a lasting impact on an individual's life.

6 key facts about deadly teen car accidents

Teenagers often feel incredibly excited when they finally get a license and they can drive. Parents, on the other hand, feel nervous. They know that inexperienced teen drivers face extra risks on the roads. They know how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel. That doesn't mean they don't want the teens to drive -- they know how helpful and necessary it is -- but they do worry that the kids will not be safe.

What are the leading causes of motorcycle crashes?

Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get killed while out riding their motorbikes than passenger vehicle operators are. That same data shows that 11% of all crashes that occur involve motorcyclists. Those same statistics also point to the fact that helmets can truly save many of these bikers from getting seriously hurt or killed.

How common are playground injuries?

School will be back in session is just a matter of weeks here in Waco. If you have young kids, then one of their favorite times of the day likely is when they can take a break from their classes and head outside for recess. Sadly, playgrounds are the one place where kids are most apt to get hurt while at school.

Why do wrong-way crashes occur and how can you prevent them?

In a semi-rural city like Waco, it seems that there's a story on the news about a head-on crash almost every week. This isn't surprising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these crashes are most common in rural areas. They account for 13% of all fatal accidents. These types of collisions often result in significant injuries and deaths. They can be prevented though.

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