While school buses remain incredibly safe, we all know that students who ride buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the “danger zone.” Minnesota is assisting the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) in coordinating a national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. That data will help improve safety countermeasures at the state or national level.
We are enlisting your assistance in this important project. On 04/18/2018, please have your district’s school bus operators observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses, using the attached “Driver Illegal Passing Reporting Form”. Even drivers who have no “pass-by’s” on the day of the survey should turn in the form so that we can get accurate data on how many pass-by’s occur per day per bus