Emily Rose and her son David, right, Excelsior Springs, checked out the miniature school bus known as Buster at the Cops and Kids event in downtown Platte City Tuesday evening. Showing the contraption were staff members from the Platte County R-3 School District, including Kim Schwichtenberg, left, assistant transportation director, and Tami Davis, transportation router. The remote control vehicle, owned by the school district, is used to educate students and the public about school bus safety. It has working lights, a front swinging safety bar and other features, all remote and all powered by a lawn mower battery mounted in the back. School officials say “it does everything a real bus does only in a smaller version.” Cops and Kids featured a variety of public service agencies with displays.
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