In a statement issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office states, “We want to remind you, our school buses are hauling precious cargo and it is imperative that we prevent a tragedy. Let’s work together to ensure a safe school year for all of our students. Make sure you know the laws, and share this information with your friends.”

The Department requests drivers be aware of the following laws:

• It is illegal to pass a bus from the rear when the amber or red lights are flashing.

• When approaching a bus from the front, drivers should proceed cautiously at no more than 25 miles per hour while the ambers are on, and be prepared to stop.

• Drivers must stop a minimum of 15 feet away from the bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out.

• The penalty for violating school bus laws is an automatic driver’s license suspension in addition to a fine.

School bus safety laws are designed to keep children safe. “It is everyone’s responsibility to do their part in knowing and abiding by these laws, stated the Department. “It won’t matter that you are late for work if a child is injured or killed.” 

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