Minnesota Girl Nearly Run Over at Bus Stop
There’s a cringe-worthy video going viral of a truck ignoring a school bus’ flashing red lights and nearly running over a young girl. It serves as an excellent reminder that school is back in session, and you must stop for a bus.
The Minnesota State Patrol posted the video to their Facebook page, getting reactions from thousands of people.
Minnesota law requires drivers to stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying its flashing lights and stop arm. It applies to drivers behind the bus and approaching from the opposite direction on an undivided road. In 2016, the department found that 1,318 drivers violated state law by not stopping.
According to AARP, the penalty for not stopping is a Class 2 Misdemeanor with a fine up to $300 and/or imprisonment of 30 days.
At last check, the driver has been found and charged.
According to the Department of Public Safety, more children are killed outside of a school bus than they are as bus occupants.
It’s also a good time to remind your kids to be careful as well. I remember when I was in school, we always sang the song “Stay Out of the No Zone!” Here are some tips for your kids from the DPS:
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.