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School bus safety is for motorists and children

Motorists

  • In Minnesota, motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
  • Motorists should slow down, pay attention and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones.
  • The best way to be aware of your surroundings at all times is to put the distractions away.Bus.jpg

Students

  • When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder.
  • Wait for the bus driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.
  • When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.

Secure Your Load

​Ladders, a mattress, a pickup truck topper, luggage, a workout bench and believe it or not, a doll house, those are just a few unsecured items picked up off Minnesota roadways in recent weeks that risked the lives of motorists. secured loads.jpg

The Minnesota State Patrol recently participated in Secure Your Load Day, reminding motorists about the dangers of unsecured loads.

Since Jan. 1, the Patrol has responded to  more than 2,700 debris calls in the Metro  and nearly 5,200 debris calls Statewide.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, at 55 miles per hour, an object weighing just 20 pounds that falls from a vehicle strikes with an impact of half a ton.

It’s the law in Minnesota to secure any load on a vehicle or trailer.