School bus-related fatalities reached a six-year high in Florida last year, and this year looks no better. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the state is on its way to a third straight year leading the nation in bus-related fatals.
Experts speculate that Florida's rate is so high because of its large school districts, which can keep buses on the road longer than in more compact districts in other states.
If there's a silver lining, the pros also say that the accidents usually are not the bus drivers' fault. And generally speaking, buses remain the safest mode of travel for schoolchildren, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.