Red Lake Department of Public Safety
Pay Attention to School Buses with Stop Arms Extended
The Red Lake Department of Public Safety would like to remind drivers to please pay close attention to school buses that have their stop arms extended while picking up or dropping off school children. Each school year, the police department fields several complaints from both the public and school bus drivers regarding stop arm violations. When the school bus is displaying an extended stop-signal arm and flashing red lights, the driver of a vehicle approaching the bus shall stop the vehicle at least 20 feet away from the bus and the vehicle shall not move until the school bus stop-signal arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer flashing. In addition, please do not pass or attempt to pass a school bus on the passenger door side when the school bus is displaying the pre-warning amber signal lights.
The police department takes these complaints very seriously and the offending driver can face both criminal and civil consequences for their actions, not to mention the potential loss of life or injury to one of the children.