WICHITA, Kan. - The Kansas Highway Patrol descended on southwest Wichita Thursday morning, but not to monitor rush hour drivers. Their job was to make sure school buses are ready to keep your children safe in the coming year.
More than 16,000 students a day rode in Wichita school buses last year. That requires more than 500 buses. And every bus must have a blue Highway Patrol sticker on the windshield, before it can hit the road.
The Highway Patrol will need several hours to do the inspections, but they have it down to a format. Lt. Gary Warner says three teams of eight will check the buses, with one bus being completed in about five minutes.
The Wichita school district describes it as a complete safety check. Troopers examine everything from a bus's brake system and emergency doors to its mirrors and lights.
The Highway Patrol does these inspections all across the state. Last year, more than 11,000 school vehicles were checked. There's no word on how many of them were found to have problems.
It's all a reminder to Wichita students that the new school year is only 12 days away.