Winners of School Bus Safety Poster Competition Recognized at Target Field

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August 11, 2016 03:29 PM

The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation on Thursday recognized local students for their work on school bus safety posters.

The students were recognized ahead of the Twins game at Target Field, where they were taken down to the field before the game and announced during the pregame ceremony.


This year’s poster contest theme is “Stop on Red.” It challenged students to think about safety concepts for students and drivers around school buses.

“It’s to try to increase awareness with school bus stop sign violations and make sure the public is aware that when there are flashing red lights on a bus, you do need to stop,” Lt. Brian Reu with the Minnesota State Patrol said. “At that point, kids are most vulnerable because they’re entering or exiting the bus.”

Reu said community members should be aware that they’re about to start seeing more buses on the roads with school starting up soon.

Drivers who go through a stop arm face a misdemeanor charge and minimum $300 fine. Those penalties increase if students are outside the bus when the violations occur or if the driver passes on the right side of the bus, Reu said.

The 23 contest winners come from all over the state and are in grades 1 through 10. They were all recognized during the event Thursday.

Winners are from the Anoka-Hennepin, Fridley, Moorhead, Osseo and Rockford school districts. The nominated posters will now be sent on to the national competition.


Jennie Lissarrague

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