WASHINGTON - (AP) - Federal authorities say nearly 2,800 spotsafety checks of passenger buses across the country resulted inabout 10 percent of the vehicles or drivers being taken off theroad.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday announcedthe results of the surprise inspections carried out by the FederalMotor Carrier Safety Administration and state and local lawenforcement agencies.

The inspections took place from March 28 through April 6.

Federal transportation authorities say 289 drivers or buses weretaken off roadways. Three-hundred buses were removed from serviceout of 3,000 inspections during an earlier 17-day series of spotchecks.

The focus on surprise inspections follows deadly accidentsinvolving cut-rate passenger buses, including the March 12 crash ofa casino bus in New York City that killed 15 people.

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