The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to obey school bus stop arms. Bus driver Jim Perrotti was behind the wheel in January when a Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary School fourth-grader was crossing the road and a motorist failed to yield, almost hitting her.

“It was a very scary morning for me–I just about lost one of my students. We done everything correctly we could do, but safety for some reason is not following through on the other end. We see it at least once a week, people are going through the stop arms yet on different routes.”

State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended. Drivers who violate the law face a $500 fine.