- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Politics to profits: Brothers launch new investing concept on Wall Street (10/19/17)1
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)1
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- Food Giant in Chaffee is robbed (10/17/17)
- Owner of dinosaur relics demands new board of directors, business plan at Bollinger County Museum (10/17/17)
- Cape's casino flourishing as it celebrates fifth year (10/22/17)3
School bus safety
Good sense compels most motorists to slow down in highway construction zones, or take special precautions when they see the flashing lights of emergency vehicles, or exercise caution when school buses are loading and unloading students.
Unfortunately, there are too many motorists who don't exhibit good sense in these situations. As a result, state laws have been enacted to cover all these situations -- and more.
School bus drivers, in particular, can cite numerous examples of traffic violations. Despite the flashing yellow lights, the red lights and the stop sign that swings out from the bus, too many motorists either ignore all the warnings or don't know what state laws require.
When approaching a school bus with flashing yellow lights, motorists behind and in front of the bus should slow down and be prepared to stop. When the red lights come on and the stop sign comes out, motorists must stop -- and remain stopped -- until the bus driver turns off the red lights and pulls the stop sign back.
The fact that school buses and workbound commuters share streets and highways means many motorists need to allow extra time for safety stops. Those who ignore the warnings are putting the lives of children in jeopardy.
Bus drivers often report the license numbers of vehicles driven by motorists who flagrantly violate the law. But they shouldn't have to. Motorists should know the law and obey it.