Beginning today, driving past a school bus with it's lights on and arm extended -- which is a bad & dangerous idea for all kinds of reasons -- will cost you $500 as of today in Minnesota. (And it should.)

There are not a lot of busses out there now, but wait a month -- that's when the kids hit the streets for the annual pilgrimage back to school. School busses make over 10,000 trips a day across the state during the school year.

 

According to Minnesota law, when a school bus is stopped and is displaying an extended stop-signal arm and flashing red lights, the driver of a vehicle approaching the bus must stop the vehicle at least 20 feet away from the bus. The driver cannot allow the vehicle to move until the school bus stop-signal arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer flashing.

Let's keep those kids safe out there!