As your child gets ready to head back to school, Pennsylvania State Troopers are making sure their ride to school is safe.
Channel 11's Katherine Amenta got a firsthand look at the intense inspections every single school bus is given on board, outside and underneath each vehicle.
"How many violations does it take to pull a vehicle off the road?" she asked Trooper Mike Reinhart of the Greensburg barracks.
"Just the one, so if they have a light out, that's it," he said.
State police examined more than 6,000 buses last year in our seven-county region.
Nearly 900 failed.
"The buses overall are very good," said Trooper Steve Limani.
Bad seats and broken emergency alarms topped the 53-point checklist.
Reinhart has been inspecting buses for two years, and the most common violation he's seen is burned out lights, something that is easily repaired.
Another key safety check is the back emergency door.
"See how it won't move back, pushing on it. That means everybody can exit quickly," he showed Amenta. "It's going to swing like this and that's a failure."
Parents we spoke with wanted to know why there are no seat belts on board.
"The height of the seat is part of the safety of not having to have a seat belt. If there was an accident, the child is not going to go over the seat. They're going to hit the back of the seat," explained Reinhart.
Safety doesn't stop after the first day of school.