School Bus Safety

Schools across the state will be opening soon, and with it comes added motorist/pedestrian traffic.  The state recently passed an increase in stop arm fines for school buses from 300 dollars to 500 dollars.  I have attached the link to the new law which went into effect on 1 August.

Stop for School Buses!  Motorists failing to stop for school buses continues to be a serious issue that risks children’s lives. During the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey earlier this year, 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in just one day.

In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote nearly 9,000 stop arm violation citations.

​2011 ​2012 ​2013 ​2014 ​2015 ​2016 ​Total
​1,391 ​1,476 ​1,535 ​1,674 ​1,400 ​1,318 ​8,794

“Too often motorists ignore the school bus laws or are too distracted that they don’t see the bus picking up or dropping off children until it’s too late,” said Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “When motorists violate the law, it puts the lives of children at risk. Drivers should always be looking out for school buses and expect those buses to make frequent stops during the morning and afternoon school hours. Pay attention and stop for buses to help keep our children safe.” fines for school bus infractions increase

Stay Safe, welcome back faculty and students!

 

Cliff

 

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