Stop For School Bus Flashing Lights


      A local Sheriff’s Department is teaming up with a bus company to crack down on drivers after several close calls where cars are not stopping for school buses.

      Last year the Panther bus service, which buses students from the Durand School District, had a close call where the driver of a car didn’t stop for a bus with flashing lights just missing two kids. The driver was fined.

     After that incident and several others the bus company and Sheriff’s Department have teamed up to raise awareness with a message posted in local businesses and around Durand.

     The signs read ‘A child’s life is flashing before your eyes. STOP!’

     Joel Wener (Pepin Cty. Sherriff) “We will do what we can to keep the community safe and if you see someone pass a school bus please let us know and we can track that person down. We rely on the community help because we can’t be everywhere.”

      As a reminder by law once a bus slows with its red, flashing lights, you must stop at least 20 feet away from it. The bus driver’s stop sign doesn’t have to be out for drivers to be required to stop.

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