JOPLIN, MO.--- Police say speeding in school zones is always an issue. Drivers should be aware of where those zones are and make sure to slow down. Also, school bus routes tend to change from year to year. If you see a bus with its red lights and stop sign activated, you are required to stop in all lanes of traffic. Another issue police will focus on this year is school traffic at construction projects, specifically in front of Irving Elementary on South McClelland.
"They're doing the street widening project. Traffic's reduced down to two lanes. It's going to be highly congested, so people need to make sure they are allowing themselves a lot of time," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department.
Sergeant Rives says police are working to develop a traffic flow plan for that area.
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