Be Extra Cautious Around Buses as we Head Back to School


The start of school means a lot more traffic in the mornings and afternoons…

Emily Medalen has a few reasons you should leave yourself some extra time to get to work next week.
In just over a week, where I’m standing right now will be PACKED with parents, kids, and their vehicles… along with buses.

It can get congested, which can make situations dangerous for kids crossing the street on their way to school.
Sgt. Tim Sass with the Bismarck PD told me that one big problem is drivers not being aware of laws surrounding buses.

If a bus is stopped – at a school or a home – you must stay 20 feet back.
Passing that bus is illegal as long as the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out. 
This includes people who are coming from the opposite direction. 
Even if you’re facing the bus and it’s stopped, you still must stop as well.
“The school bus drivers are out there, they’re writing down vehicles and license plates that are doing that, and contacting us so we can have contact later. We find that a lot of people forget that… that you have to stop both directions. It’s there so those kids can cross the street,” says Sgt. Tim Sass, Bismarck Police Dept.

It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and rush of back to school – but it’s very important to keep all these rules in mind to make sure everyone stays safe.

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