School buses: How safe are they?

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School buses: How safe are they?

Maintenance, driver training, roads all play part
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School buses: How safe are they?

Roger Roots, a school bus mechanic with Durango School District 9-R, checks specifications while performing an annual safety check on a bus at the maintenance facility. Despite the recent rollover of a bus on Lightner Creek Road (County Road 207), the district’s bus safety record is good according to state statistics.
Durango School District 9-R bus driver Gordon Baxter cleans the interior of his bus at the bus barn facility before starting his route. Drivers must pass extensive background checks before they begin training with the district to earn their commercial driver’s license. After the CDL is earned, they undergo specialized training in emergency preparedness and behavior management before they actually drive a bus full of students.
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