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Rules of the road: Stay safe around school buses

The start of another school year is upon us, making it a good time to think about school bus safety. These tips apply not only to motorists, but to the students who are waiting, boarding and unloading from the bus. 

Motorists: 

  • Stop for school buses when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended—even on a two- or three-lane road. Failing to stop for school buses with their flashing lights on is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of at least $500. 
  • If you intend to turn onto a street where a school bus is stopped and the red lights are flashing, stay stopped in your original lane until the lights are turned off. 

Students and parents: 

  • Have a safe place to wait for your bus away from traffic and the street. 
  • Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter. 
  • Protect yourself by being alert and aware of the traffic around you. 

For more information, contact Bloomington Police at 952-563-8689.