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DPS: Watch for students heading back to school

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State safety officials are urging drivers to watch for students heading back to school this week in Minnesota where school buses make at least 10,000 trips each day.

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The Department of Public Safety says last year in Minnesota, there were 615 bus crashes that resulted in 1 death and 214 injuries. In the last five years, crashes involving school buses resulted in 21 traffic deaths, including three children who were outside a bus and hit by other vehicles.

State law requires drivers behind or approaching a school bus to stop at least 20 feet away while it's displaying red flashing lights or its stop arm is extended.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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