As parents, we need to feel that our kids are safe when they are in transit to and from school. With our busy lives, many of us don't have the time to take our kids to school ourselves. We put our trust in bus drivers that they will get them to school and home safely.
But if there is one scary truth that many of us have been faced with, it's that safety cannot be guaranteed on the roads. A community got a reminder of that this morning, when an Alabama wreck involving a school bus and two other vehicles led to the injuries of more than 30 children.
Traffic safety is important no matter what, but when the well-being of children is put at risk in an auto accident, sensitivity and passion surrounding a crash is heightened. Safe driving of and around school buses is pertinent because of all of the young lives inside a bus. Drivers have a responsibility to be extremely cautious when driving around buses, and bus drivers also must live up to the highest expectations that we have for them as protectors of our children.
This morning's accident is still under investigation, so it isn't yet public knowledge what caused the wreck. For example, was the accident the result of the bus driver's negligence or of another driver nearby? Authorities will want to get to the bottom of the matter in order to determine whether criminal consequences are appropriate.
Even though no one was critically injured in the bus accident, parents of the 32 injured students will undoubtedly want answers and action if authorities find that the accident could have easily been prevented. Depending on what the investigation finds, the school might be put in the place of having to make a decision regarding its bus driver, though the driver is currently not accused of any wrongdoing.
If sources report developments in this case, we will post an update.
Al.com: "32 students suffer minor injuries after Montgomery school bus accident," Natalie Wade, Mar. 14, 2012