Besides being considered a big business, student transportation is an important business as safety is the districts main concern.
Director of Transportation for the Elsberry R-II School District Fay Mayes said, “We maintain our buses in a safe condition and they are inspected twice yearly. We also give our drivers and students instructions on safety procedures.”
According to Mayes, one of the greatest hazards come from motorists who do not observe the school bus lighting system.
“In Elsberry we use an eight-light school bus warning system,” said Mayes. “These lights are used to warn traffic about what the school bus is doing.”
The lighting warning system is located on the front and rear of the school bus and will flash when the bus is approaching a loading or unloading area with yellow lights. Red lights will flash when the bus is stopped to load or unload students, in addition to a stop sign, which extends from the driver side of the bus.
According to Missouri State Law, motorists are required to stop no less than 10-feet from a stopped school bus that is displaying the red lights and stop arm.
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