The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 14, 2013

Ask a Trooper: Drivers should pay extra attention to school buses

By Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol

  Motorists need to pay special attention to their driving during morning and afternoon school bus routes. School bus drivers are required to activate yellow flashers at least 100 feet ahead of a stop when driving routes below 35 mph, and at least 300 feet on routes over 35 mph.  The yellow lights come on to warn drivers and to have them prepare to stop for the flashing red lights and school bus stop arm;  this is when the children exit and may cross a roadway.

STOP always means a complete cessation of movement and you must stop and remained stopped until the stop arm is retracted.  You cannot come within 20 feet of the bus, nor creep up to or into that zone.

  Motorists should be especially cautious as children are exiting the bus and crossing the street ­ this is the most dangerous time for children.