By EVAN REID
IRON MOUNTAIN - The Michigan State Police post in Iron Mountain is urging drivers to pay close attention to school buses.
Hundreds of students in Dickinson and Iron counties travel to and from school by bus and the State Police, as well as the Dickinson and Iron County Sheriff's Departments, want to ensure students arrive safely to school and to their homes.
Red flashing lights and a stop signal arm on a school bus indicate that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Vehicles must come to a full stop at least 20 feet from the bus and a driver may not proceed until the flashing red signal lights are no longer activated.
Motorists should also remember that yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is getting ready to stop and load or unload.
The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus, or who passes a school bus, is responsible for a civil infraction.
"We will have high visibility patrols in the areas that have had problems with motorists passing school buses with the red lights activated," said F/Lt. Christine Grabowski, Commander of the State Police post in Iron Mountain. "Law enforcement officers may be riding the buses to assist the bus drivers in observing violators. The safety of our children while getting on and off the bus depends on you, the driver."
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