State Highway Patrol Inspects School Buses For Safety

CLEVELAND (AP) - State Highway Patrol teams are checking Ohio's nearly 20,000 school buses to make sure children will be safely taken to school in the coming days.

All school buses in must pass an annual inspection and periodic spot checks for leaks and brakes failure, as well as safety checks of the seats and windows inside the bus.

Officials say the state's safety program and mandated classroom training for bus drivers is one of the most stringent in the country.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 21 school-age children die in school bus accidents each year.

But in Ohio, officials say no student has died in a bus accident since 1966.