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Stopping for buses no-brainer

Published 6:00am Monday, October 7, 2013

Stopping one’s car when a school bus is loading and unloading children seems like a no-brainer.

Apparently, many in Fergus Falls have not yet received the message.

Fergus Falls Police have recorded at least 18 bus stop arm violations since school started a month ago.

That seems like a ridiculously high number, and one that can easily be reduced if drivers simply use common sense and pay attention.

If drivers approach a school bus from the back or the front, and the bus has its stop signal arm and red lights flashing, the vehicle must stop at least 20 feet away and remain stopped until the sign is retracted and the lights are off.

Drivers who violate this law are subject to a misdemeanor or even a gross misdemeanor. Even worse, a driver who fails to obey the law could causes injury to a child.

It’s just not that difficult. Let’s pay attention, and keep our children safe.


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