JOPLIN, MO.--- Bus Safety Week begins on Monday, and Joplin police are reminding people to be cautious when driving near school buses. Joplin police officers say they get several complaints from bus drivers everyday about drivers who pass stopped buses while kids unload, and its been especially problematic on 32nd Street. A city ordinance requires all cars to stop while children are both entering and exiting the bus. They say oftentimes, younger kids don't look before crossing the road, and that's why it's so important to obey the law.
"Obviously, when we're dealing with school buses we're dealing with children. It's very important that we keep our children safe, but one thing we need to watch out for, especially, is younger kids. They're not so used to the traffic flow and paying attention to it. So, we need to watch out for them as much as they're responsible for watching out for other moving traffic," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department.
Police officers say those who violate the law could face fines of around $200.
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