Bus inspections signal the school year is near

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. From the front of the bus, all the way to the back, Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers had a close eye on Wichita school buses this morning. It takes over 25 troopers and about 80 bus drivers to move the more than 500 buses through smoothly.

"This safety inspection covers all the lights, all the safety equipment, the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, the emergency exit," said Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Warner. "Just a comprehensive safety inspection."

Similar to an assembly line, the buses get in single file, and it takes about 5 minute per unit. Then, the process repeats.

"If a bus fails because a light doesn't work or an emergency buzzer doesn't work, the mechanics are able to fix that right away, and then we can reinspect it," Warner said.

When a bus gets the all clear, a blue sticker will be placed on the driver's side bottom of the windshield, giving the drivers and parents peace of mind.

"We take a lot of pride in what we do, because it's going to be our kids, our family members that are in the buses as well," Warner said. "So, the bottom line is we take this incredibly seriously, to ensure that these buses are ready to go to transport students at the beginning of the year."

Across the state, troopers inspect more than 11,000 buses each year.

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