DRIVE CAREFULLY AROUND SCHOOLS & BUSES
School is back in session and the Missouri Highway Patrol encourages all drivers to be extra careful. It is critical for drivers to be alert, especially near school zones, playgrounds and bicycle paths. Expect heavier traffic patterns.
Afternoons can be especially dangerous. Most traffic accidents involving young drivers last year occurred between three and four o\'clock in the afternoon, when school typically lets out. And remember, many of these drivers are inexperienced.
Missouri law says on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus. On a four lane road it is only necessary to stop when following a bus.
Of course, drivers should always be alert anytime a school bus is stopped. Children may not be aware of traffic and could dart out unexpectedly into the roadway.
The Highway Patrol says it is all of our responsibility to help students return to school safely.