St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Tue September 9, 2003

McCaskill Will Take Another Look at School Bus Safety

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri state auditor Clair McCaskill is taking a second look at state agencies to see if they are complying with the recommendations of her audit on school bus safety.

McCaskill says she wants to see if the state is making school buses safer by, among other ways, fingerprinting bus drivers.

"The original audit that we did in our office determined that there wasn't sufficient background checks going on, we had no idea if felons from other states were driving our buses, and in fact we found bus drivers that were currently operating buses that should have been disallowed under the law," McCaskill said.

McCaskill says that change is needed because persons with substantiated child abuse complaints against them can still drive school buses although they're barred from working in other caregiving roles.