MSHP Urges Drivers To Be Prepared For More Traffic In School Zones

It’s the fisrt day of school for students in Kirksville R-III – and as students across Northest Missouri head back to school, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be prepared for more traffic in school zones. Drivers should be prepared for a change in traffic patterns, as school buses and parents taking their children to school will join other motorists on the road and affect the morning and afternoon commutes. In good weather, pedestrian and bicycle traffic also increases close to schools. The Highway Patrol says it is critical for drivers to be alert, especially near school zones, playgrounds and bicycle paths. Whatever route you drive, you should expect this additional traffic and prepare by allowing extra time to reach your destination. In 2018, five people were killed and 457 people were injured in 969 traffic crashes involving school buses.