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Rochester mom encourages drivers to stop for the bus

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--Melissa Griggs lives on 75th Street NW and every school day she walks her kids from the bus stop at the end of her driveway. 

The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour, but Griggs says she's noticed more traffic and many speeding cars since the roundabout at Highway 63 was opened last year.  So she contacted MnDot and they installed the speed limit signs.  The department will also soon be installing signs alerting drivers to the school bus stop.

"This is a double line," said Griggs.   "No passing out here. It's all hills, curves, woods. There are blind driveways blind intersections all along this stretch."

But even with the signs, she says traffic didn't slow down and some drivers refused to stop while the school bus was stopped.  Now, the mother is taking matters into her own hands...

"Yes I stand out here with my sign and you might see me out here tomorrow and you might see me out here the next day. But I'll do whatever I've got to do to get people to stop for the bus," said Griggs.

With her homemade sign in hand, this mother on a mission has now decided to stand on the side of the road everyday until drivers get the message.

"You have to stop for a school bus," said Griggs.  "Whether you're on a state highway, on a sideway, a cul-de-sac-you stop for the bus."

Since Griggs began working for a safer road, State Troopers have been patrolling the area and have already ticketed violators.

"Every driver can help us, by driving 55. That's the speed limit out here and if you drive 55, that forces the person behind you to drive 55 and gives you time to stop," said Griggs.

It's a request for drivers everywhere from a mother with a with the goal of getting her children home safe.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, motorists are required to stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.

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