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Troopers inspect buses prior to start of school year

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JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

School is just a few weeks away and many people will be loading up their children on buses for the first time.

To put parents at ease, there is a lot being done to make sure their precious cargo is safe getting to and from classes. Kansas state troopers are going bus-by-bus to make sure that they're in proper working order and buses can't carry students until they pass inspection.

Every year Megan Lynch's girls ride the school bus to school. They love it, it's convenient, but also a bit concerning for the mom.

"I'm always like, ‘please be OK,'" Lynch said.

Before they hit the road packed full of students, the big yellow buses have to pass a two-part test.

Kansas state troopers inspect them every year and 1,400 are tested on the Kansas side of the metro. They want to make sure that lights, tires, windshield wipers, emergency exits and fire extinguishers are in good shape and in working order before the buses leave the lot.

So far the troopers haven't found any major issues. The several issues found include issues like burned out lights.

"Eventually they're going to wear out," said Lt. Paul Behm.

All issues have been repaired on the spot.

The inspections have prompted life-saving changes. One year handrails along the steps were re-designed after kids were getting their clothes caught on the railing.

"They'd get caught in the door. They don't allow the child to exit fully and the doors close," Behm said.

Once the buses pass inspection, they get a blue sticker. Parents can look for it in the front window for that extra reassurance.

"I would say it's very reassuring because they're carrying my kids. I want to know, just like with my car, I want them to be safe, I want the drivers to be OK, I want the bus to be in good condition," Lynch said.

In the coming weeks buses will be out running their routes and, soon after, hauling students to school. Troopers want to make sure people stay alert, be prepared for any sudden stops and watch for kids, especially around bus stops.

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