Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Summer vacation is just about over for students attending Jefferson County Public Schools. Tuesday morning, they head back to the bus stops. So every driver needs to be on the lookout for children and know the rules of the road when it comes to driving around school buses.
"If you're behind the bus you're required to stop, whether it's a two-lane highway or four-lane highway," says Rick Caple, Director of Transportation Services for Jefferson County Public Schools.
Drivers who ignore the law, can plan on answering to a judge according to Officer Carey Klain with the Louisville Metro Police.
"Anytime someone passes a school bus, this is an offense they are going to be required to go to court on. It's not something that they can say yes I passed it, I'm guilty let me pay my fine, this is an offense we take very serious. People are going to have to go for a court date and the judge will decide what the fine is for that violation."
There are some differences between Kentucky and Indiana when it comes to the law regarding buses on a four-lane highway. In Indiana it's against the law to pass a bus that's loading or unloading in the opposing lanes if there's only a double yellow line to separate traffic. That's not the case in Kentucky according to Rick Caple.
"Two lanes in opposite directions headed towards the bus do not have to stop if they're approaching the school bus."
But drivers still need to slow down and watch for kids that may dart across traffic. Caple also says that drivers need to be ready to stop if they're behind a school bus that's approaching a railroad crossing. It's the law for bus drivers to stop the bus and open the door of the bus to look and listen for any train that may be approaching the intersection.
It's not just drivers that need to be careful when around buses. Children also need to know the danger zones and steer clear of those when loading and unloading the buses.
Officer Carey Klain says the danger zones are "on either side, the left and right. That's at least ten feet out around the wheels and then the front and rear of the bus and children should never cross in the rear of the bus." Klain says that if students cannot see the bus driver, then the driver can't see them.
Motorists should plan to allow an extra 10 to 20 minutes to their commute time beginning on the first day of school.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:28 AM EDT2013-05-19 12:28:00 GMT
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Nicole Gross is back home in Charlotte. Gross along with her husband returned from Boston Saturday with cheers, tears and hugs from her supporters. "I just felt an outpourMore >>
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Nicole Gross is back home in Charlotte.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>
A bill representing the largest overhaul of state government in decades is again approaching passage. BMore >>
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Saturday, May 18 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:39:18 GMT
A Delta flight out of Charleston bound for New York City made an emergency stop in North Carolina Saturday morning after a warning indicator went off in the cockpit, according to an official with the airline. MichaelMore >>
A Delta flight out of Charleston bound for New York City made an emergency stop in North Carolina Saturday morning after a warning indicator went off in the cockpit, according to an official with the airline.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:16:32 GMT
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.The county is paying $150,000 to the estate of Derald Hill, Sr. and his wife, Nichole. The couple wasMore >>
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.More >>