by: Marina Brett

Slow down! As kids prepare for back to school, that’s the message Missouri state troopers are sending, urging motorists to use extra caution on the roads, as most traffic accidents this time of year can occur in active school zones caused by distracted driving. State law requires vehicles stop when a school bus is flashing red warning lights.

Also be aware that pedestrian and bicycle traffic will increase near schools. In 2018, five people were killed and 457 suffered injuries in traffic crashes involving school busses.

Area Schools returning to Class:
Missouri: Bradleyville (last week), Crane, Galena (today), Branson, Kirbyville (Wednesday), Blue Eye, Forsyth, Hollister, Hurley, Mark Twain, Reeds Spring, Taneyville (Thursday)

Arkansas: Alpena, Berryville, Jasper (today), Bergman, Eureka Springs, Green Forest, Harrison, Lead Hill, Omaha, OMSD (Wednesday), Valley Springs (Thursday)