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Rain fall in the Mother Lode over the next several days could bring minor dirt, rock and mud slides and ponding of water on some roadways.

California Highway Patrol Officer Becky Meyers was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

With the rain, the roads will also be slick. Under California law, all drivers must turn on their headlights when their vehicle’s windshield wipers are in operation.

And with snow in the upper elevations of the Sierra Nevada, Myers reminds drivers to carry tire chains and a winter kit that includes a blanket, extra food, extra water and a flashlight.

Meyers reminded everyone that if you see a traffic hazard (something blocking or partially blocking the road) or an accident, call 911. Also wear your safety belt and do not text and drive.

During the interview, Meyers noted that the CHP has noticed that a number of drivers continue to either not know basic rules regarding school buses or they are simply ignoring the laws.

Meyers said, “The newer buses have yellow lights and red lights. When you see the yellow lights, it is a warning that the red lights will be coming on. It works similar to a regular traffic light.”

Motorists must stop both ways when any school bus has its red lights on.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.