As I write this I sit here and think to myself how is it in this day and age that people still zip past school buses that are stopped with lights flashing and a stop sign arm sticking out the side of the bus. It is unfathomable to me that anyone could be that careless and in that much of a hurry that they have no regard what so ever for a childs safety or in some cases their life.

The Minnesota State Patrol posted a video on their Facebook Page of a fourth grade girl from Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary School was crossing the street to get on her bus and narrowly escaped an oncoming car who was going at a fairly high rate of speed. The driver did not even slow down or attempt to brake as the child was right by the vehicle.

In case anyone out there needs a refresher here are the laws in place in Minnesota:

• Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
• 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.
• Drivers can face criminal charges for passing a school bus on the right, passing when a child is outside the bus, or injuring or killing a child.