There is no excuse for this to happen and we are not seeing a decline but an increase in incidents like this. The Minnesota State Patrol Released a Scary Video of a Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary School fourth-grader getting on her school bus in January. Minnesota State Patrol described the scene: "Watch as the driver fails to yield for the school bus with its stop-arm extended and flashing lights activated."
They also reminded everyone to obey these laws:
• Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
• Motorists should slow down, pay attention and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones.
• The best way to be aware of your surroundings at all times is to put the distractions away.
• Drivers can face criminal charges for passing a school bus on the right, passing when a child is outside the bus, or injuring or killing a child.
The Wabasha County Sheriff's Department sent a message to Students on how to stay safe when loading and unloading the bus.
• When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder.
• Wait for the bus driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.
• When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.