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Passing school buses, a rules of the road refresher

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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) -- Several NewsChannel 5 viewers wanted a refresher on the rules of the road when it comes to passing school buses.

NewsChannel 5's Heidi Glaus set out to answer that question in this week's Hey Heidi segment. 

Monday through Friday kids of all ages board that big yellow bus, and if we are nearby behind the wheel, it's partly our responsibility to make sure they arrive safely.

"We need to pay attention. We need to watch what we're doing. These kids are anxious to get home or get their day started, whatever it may be, so we need to watch out for them," explains Trooper Juston Wheetly with Missouri State Highway Patrol.

It's also the law to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading.

"You have to come to a complete stop until the sign is back in and the bus has started moving," Trooper Wheetly adds.

If you fail to do so, even with no police officer in sight, you might be ticketed.

"The bus driver can take note and they will get the license plate number. They will fill out a form, however prescribed by the school district, and that form will be relayed to the local law enforcement agency," Trooper Wheetly goes on to say.

And here's something else you might not have realized.

"It's perceived that the violation occurred by the registered owner. So if you have a 16 year old driving and they blow by the school bus and it's in mom or dad's name. Mom or dad will be receiving the citation," Trooper Wheetly points out.

A four-lane road like Highway 94 or Manchester Road it's a little trickier.

"The traffic that is traveling with the school bus has to stop. The traffic that's in the opposite direction does not have to stop," Trooper Wheetly explains.

Of course it doesn't hurt to slow down. Most importantly, when you slip behind the wheel give it your full attention and try to just enjoy the journey.



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