• With start of new school year, ISP stresses school bus safety

    August 08, 2011 No comments

    For some, school is back in session in Indiana and the Indiana State Police is stressing the importance of school bus safety.

    The state of Indiana has 16,000 buses, and all of them are inspected before the school year begins. The inspection process lasts from January to September.

    Some buses are brand new, and they are inspected once a year. Older buses are inspected twice a year. Once a state police team made up of 19 inspectors completes the process on each bus, the buses are ranked in the approved, rejected or out of service categories.

    In the 2010 school year, 74 percent of buses were approved, 15 percent rejected and 11 percent put out of service.

    The state police inspectors also perform drug and alcohol audits on drivers. A blue sticker on the front of the school bus indicates the bus has been inspected and passed.

     

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