CLEVELAND - Annual inspections of Northeast Ohio church buses by state inspectors reveal more than one in four fail inspection.
Ohio law requires annual inspections of church buses performed by the Ohio Highway Patrol that enforces specific safety guidelines outlined in Ohio's Church Bus Inspection Manual.
An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation reviewed 111 church bus inspections in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain and Medina counties and found more than one in four buses flunked key safety inspections.
Among the citations found were bad brakes, worn tires, headlights and horn not working and in some cases, buses "rotting away."
"Whether it's a marker light, a stop light or something like that—it could ultimately lead somebody behind them didn't see the light come on and ram right into the back of them," said Trooper William Hoberg.
"We want to get them around safe and sound."
Church buses that failed inspections were required to return with faulty issues repaired before a state inspection sticker is issued and the bus permitted to be legally on the road.