Now that the new school year is underway, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) reminds drivers to be even more vigilant around school buses, as well as students walking or biking to school.
Under Wisconsin law, when the red flashing lights are activated on a school bus, drivers are not allowed to pass and must stop a minimum of 20 feet from the school bus. School bus drivers are authorized to report violations to law enforcement who can then issue a citation.
State law also requires drivers to yield to pedestrians who have started crossing an intersection or crosswalk. In addition, drivers may not legally pass any vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians at an intersection or crosswalk. Drivers are also reminded to maintain at least 3-feet of clearance while passing bicycles.
More information about driving tips can be found on the DOT website.