Police in Springfield need your help to catch school bus violators

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- More than 10 million drivers illegally pass school buses every year, according to "schoolbusfacts.com."

And now people in a Springfield neighborhood say it's happening all too often where they live. The people who live near Westport Elementary in West Springfield say drivers are ignoring the stop signs on school busses more often and are now asking for the public to help put a stop to it.

Cathy Akers says people in her neighborhood have been talking about this problem online for weeks now and what to do about it.

She says people get impatient and drive right by school busses picking up and dropping off children. While Akers doesn't have school aged children anymore, she does have grandkids and says it's a problem everyone should be paying attention to -- especially since police can't be everywhere at one time.

"It's not that big of deal, I know most people will say ‘I don't want to get involved,’ and stick your head in the sand, but you can't do that, you just can’t. That's a lot of the problem. People want to stick their head in the sand and nobody wants to get involved and then it’s too late. People look to the police department or the Greene County Sheriff's Department to fix the problem but sorry, they can't do it. We have got to help,” said Akers.

Springfield police admit, it’s hard to enforce and rarely give out tickets for this. They say drivers should be aware of their surroundings, get the description and license plates number of any violators and call 911.
Attached to this story are more tips to help keep children safe around school buses.