ZUMBROTA, Minn. - In January, a Zumbrota-Mazeppa fourth grader was nearly hit by a vehicle while boarding her school bus.
On Thursday, her parents, school bus driver, law enforcement, Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools, and the Department of Public Safety spoke about the incident and urged drivers to follow the law and keep their eyes on the road.
"We just have that fear that it could happen to anybody and to us we feel that our daughter had an angel looking out for her that day. And yeah, you do feel sick but blaming doesn't help, but awareness does," says the fourth grader's father Pat Johnson.
INFORMATION FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL
During the annual one-day stop-arm survey, 2,360 Minnesota school bus drivers reported:
• 513 motorists passing illegally coming towards the bus.
• 112 motorists passing illegally from behind the bus.
• 625 total violations.
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.