“Pay attention and use extra caution around those big yellow vehicles transporting the world’s most precious cargo, meaning our children.”

Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said most districts now have students back in classrooms and many will be headed between school and home on the bus. He reminded drivers that they are required to stop at least 20 feet from a school bus displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm, “So, a minimum of 20 feet from the school bus, whether you’re in front of them or behind them. So, just with that reminder for everyone to pay extra attention. With school starting out it’s so important.

Sgt. Grabow also explained that violators can be caught after-the-fact. “School bus drivers can report stop arm violations and it’s something that is taken very seriously because it creates a risk for those kids getting on or off the bus so it is important for each and every person to pay so much attention,” he said, “I mean, they should always be paying attention, obviously, when it comes to traffic safety but even more attention now with school starting.”

Stop arm violations can result in fines ranging from $300-to-$500.