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Rules of the road: Stay safe around school buses

According to the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation, the majority of children injured or killed while going to and from school are not injured or killed on the bus, but outside the bus by drivers who don’t stop for the flashing red lights and extended stop arm. 

With the start of another school year right around the corner, now is 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. 

Students: 
  • 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. 
  • When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk 10 giant steps away. 
  • Use the handrail to enter and exit. 
  • Stay away from the bus until the driver gives the signal that it is safe. 
Motorists: 
  • Always stop for a school bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended—even on a two- or three-lane road. 
  • 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. 
  • Failing to stop for a school bus is chargeable as a gross misdemeanor punishable by a $3,000 fine and/or a one-year jail sentence. 

For more information, contact Sergeant John Martin at 952-563-8689 or jmartin@BloomingtonMN.gov.