Ask A Trooper

by Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: Could you please give some advice on school bus safety?

Answer: 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 wait 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.

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.

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