The Kansas Highway Patrol inspects about 11,000 buses annually before the beginning of school; most recently buses serving Topeka were inspected. Submitted photo

The Kansas Highway Patrol checks about 11,000 buses each year prior to school’s start.
Each bus undergoes a mechanical inspection that each district does prior to inspections by KHP, said Candice Breshears, trooper. Buses in both Gardner and Spring Hill have already been checked.
“We do have a checklist, all lights are checked, headlights, high beams, yellow warning lights, red stop lights and stop sign arms, four-ways, horn, windshield wipers, etc.,” Breshears said. “Inside the buses all the emergency exits are checked, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits, etc.”
“I cannot give you a percentage for bus failures, because each bus has to pass inspection before the paperwork is signed off on and is issued a sticker for that year,” she said. “This year the stickers are green, and can be found in the lower driver’s side corner of the windshield.” Most places have mechanics on site to fix anything that is not properly working. If something is inoperable, it is fixed on site, and inspected again at the same inspection dates.
Parents can know that each bus has undergone an inspection prior to the beginning of the school year, Breshears continued. School bus inspections are so important, and KHP takes each inspection seriously because these buses are transporting our children to and from school.
“Our children are our future and we want to make sure our children get to and from school as safely as possible,” Breashears said.