FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - As thousands of Ohio children head back to school this month, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is busy inspecting every school bus to ensure it is safe to transport students to and from school.
The patrol has 23 teams of motor vehicle inspectors who check buses at least twice a year; once before the school year and once during the school year.
"Everybody works as a team, the inspectors, the mechanics, checks and balances to prevent accidents," says inspector Phillip Linville.
Linville has been inspecting for 14 years and is currently working on 100 buses for the Fairfield School District in Butler County.
Linville starts with the lights and turn signals, then checks the engine, horn, and inside the bus for it's safety equipment, road flares and first aid kit.
Linville then gets under the bus to check the brakes, shocks and tire tread.
"It makes you feel safer knowing that your buses are well maintained and you're not going to have a problem while you're driving them," says bus driver Lisa Hurst.
If a bus passes inspection it gets a certified green sticker from Ohio State Highway Patrol allowing it to run for the rest of the school year.
If a bus does not pass inspection, it has to be fixed and re-inspected before it can travel with students.