Question: I drive school bus and am a retired firefighter. Recently one of our buses was stopped — 8 ways on, stop signs deployed — when two fire vehicles approached with red lights and sirens. The emergency vehicles did not slow and sped past the bus. I’ve always said regardless of what type of emergency vehicle, they must stop and wait for the school bus drive to shut down the 8 ways (indicating safe to proceed).
According to statute it says all vehicles must stop. ALL being the key word. But some argue that statute 169.03, Subdivision 2 allows emergency vehicles to proceed. Your input greatly appreciated.
The emergency vehicle would need to handle it like any other stop sign/semaphore and could proceed with caution. Let me emphasize that “caution” is the key word.
We all need to keep in mind the importance of safety around school buses, both drivers and children, when it comes to getting on or off the bus.
- Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are not required to stop.
- 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.
- 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.
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