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Sgt. Troy Christianson

Sgt. Troy H. Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol

With school starting this article will be entirely focused on the safety of our children. Traffic safety is a two-way street and everyone has an investment.

School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists:

- Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights and/or its stop arm is extended when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.

- Red flashing lights on buses indicates students are either entering or exiting the bus.

- Motorists are not required to stop for a bus if the bus is on the opposite side of a separated roadway (median, etc.) — but they should remain alert for children.

- Altering a route or schedule to avoid a bus is one way motorists can help improve safety. In doing so, motorists won’t find themselves behind a bus and as a result, potentially putting children at risk.

- Watch for school crossing patrols and pedestrians. Reduce speeds in and around school zones.

- Watch and stop for pedestrians — the law applies to all street corners, for both marked and unmarked crosswalks (all street corners) — every corner is a crosswalk.

School Bus Safety Tips for Children:

Parents should discuss and demonstrate pedestrian safety with their children and reinforce safe crossing after exiting a bus:

- When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder (side of the road).

- Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out from the front of the bus, or until the driver’s face can be seen.

- Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.

- Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped. Keep watching traffic when crossing.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848. (Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us) Twitter: MSPPIO_SOUTH

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