MN State Patrol: More Drivers Not Stopping for School Buses
A survey released by the Minnesota State Patrol shows that more drivers are putting kids at risk by not yielding to school buses that have their stop arms displayed.
The one-day study was conducted in April and shows a 65 percent increase in stop arm violations compared to last year. There were 3,570 bus drivers from 110 companies throughout the state that participated.
The study cited 613 stop-arm violations this year, a sharp increase from 371 last year.
Eighty-eight percent of the stop arm violations were drivers approaching the front of the bus.
In Minnesota, the law requires drivers to stop when lights are flashing and the stop arm is displayed. Traffic in both directions are required to stop, unless the road is separated by a center median.
Drivers should be aware and alert for school buses. They should also be prepared to stop when driving behind or approaching the bus.
The State Patrol also reminds motorists to watch for kids even after the flashing lights are turned off and the stop arm is retracted.