Kansas Highway Patrol inspects nearly 300 buses to ensure they’re safe for transporting students

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MERRIAM, Kan. -- While parents are starting to get their kids ready to head back to school, the Kansas Highway Patrol also is busy making sure students will travel to their classes safely.

Troopers are inspecting about 300 school buses Thursday.

August is right around the corner, and troopers need to make sure every school bus across Kansas is in good working order.

Among the features troopers inspect are: The lights, emergency exits, tires and windshield wipers. The law also requires school buses to be equipped with fire extinguishers, first aid kits and emergency spill kits.

Troopers say this check should give parents some peace of mind, knowing that this is the safest possible mode of transportation to get their kids to school.

"The school bus safety inspections are important because they are transporting our children," said Trooper Candice Breshears of the Kansas Highway Patrol. "Our children are our future and with these inspections we can ensure they are as safe as possible while they are traveling to and from school."

Troopers make sure the buses can load, transport and unload children safely. If a safety feature is not working properly Breshears says that vehicle is usually repaired immediately on site and re-inspected.

Bus companies such as First Student also are hiring qualified drivers, and often are willing to pay to train them.

"We will do all the training for you," said Darlene Davis, region training manager for First Student. "If you don’t have a CDL (commercial driver's license) and you have been driving for three years we will train you through the whole process to get your CDL class B endorsements needed."

Buses that pass inspection are marked with a green sticker in lower driver's side corner of the windshield.

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