09-12-2019 Police News

Police Report By Annette Christie Back to School Tips Schools are back in session and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to know the laws for school buses. Passing a school bus that is loading or unloading students is prohibited under any circumstances. The law requires motorists to come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a school bus whenever a bus is stopped and employing the use of its two red flashing signals. The driver may proceed once the bus resumes motion. Sheriff Paul Bailey wishes all students and staff a safe and successful school year. Motorists’ tips include the following: Slow down and prepare to stop whenever the yellow school bus lights are flashing; the law requires motorists to come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a school bus whenever a bus is stopped and employing the use of its two red flashing signals; never pass a school bus when children are loading or unloading, that is the law; remember that children are unpredictable in their actions and drivers should take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone; and reduce any distractions inside the car so the driver can focus on road and the surroundings.

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