April 8 eclipse could impact Missouri driving exams

Missouri Road Test or Driver License test
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Missouri is positioned to experience a significant astronomical event, with some regions under the path of a total solar eclipse and the entire state witnessing at least a partial eclipse. The event is expected to draw increased attention, leading to heightened vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the state.

Colonel Eric T. Olson, the superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, has issued a public notice regarding the potential impact of the upcoming solar eclipse on driver examination skills testing in Missouri. Scheduled for April 8, 2024, the eclipse is anticipated to start around 12:35 p.m., with totality occurring at approximately 1:55 p.m. across the southern portion of the state, and concluding by about 3:14 p.m. the same day.

In light of these conditions, the Missouri State Highway Patrol advises prospective drivers planning to undertake their skills tests on April 8 to expect possible delays or suspensions of testing activities. Driver Examination Stations throughout Missouri will prioritize safety by potentially halting tests during the eclipse’s occurrence. Notices will be prominently displayed at all active testing sites on the day, informing visitors of any temporary interruptions. Furthermore, individuals with pre-existing appointments during the eclipse timeframe will be proactively contacted for rescheduling options.

This precautionary measure extends to all components of the CDL skills tests, including the pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and on-road driving test, ensuring that all testing processes resume safely after the eclipse event.

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