Plymouth Police Say Watch for School Buses
Police want to remind drivers what to do when they encounter a school bus picking up students.
Under Minnesota law, any time a school bus displays an extended stop arm with flashing red lights, drivers approaching that bus must stop and remain stopped at least 20 feet from the bus. The one exception is if a driver is on the opposite side of a road that’s divided by a median or a ditch.
“The bus driver is displaying that as a safety warning to drivers that there are children present,” said Plymouth Officer Anthony Elia. “They may be crossing the street and we don’t want to have any car versus pedestrian accidents.”
A violation of the law is a gross misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500.
Plymouth police will step up enforcement when the bus company notifies them of problem areas.