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How safe is your child's school bus?

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A bus being inspected in Jefferson County (Credit: KMOV) A bus being inspected in Jefferson County (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

How safe is the school bus your child rides every day?

State troopers with Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) have started their yearly spring inspections across the state.

“Children are probably one of the most precious cargo on the highways so we need to make sure these buses are safe to make sure they get to and from school every day,” said State Trooper Dallas Thompson.

The MSHP’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Division examines 4,000 school buses in the Troop C District. Troopers statewide inspect more than 12,000 school buses.

“They’re looking at the brakes, the steering, the tire rods making sure things are tight in good working order and checking all the lights, stop arms and just anything that’s of any safety importance to make sure that they’re safe to be on the roadways,” said Trooper Thompson.

The inspections for 2017 show the St. Louis Public School District had 295 buses inspected. Their results show nine were considered defective and two were out of service. Francis Howell Schools had 17 defective school buses in its 174 fleet.

Buses rated “defective” may continue to transport students until the repairs are made because MSHP says there’s no immediate danger.  

If a defect poses any danger, we’re told the bus is considered “out of service” and students won’t be transported.

If you’d like to know how your child’s district did with inspection results Click here.

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