Stop Arm Violations on the rise in Aitkin County

Stop Arm Violations on the rise in Aitkin County

November 30, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

Press Release from Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office:

School bus stop arm violations are on the rise. In the first four months of school, Aitkin County reported violations have already exceeded the last five year’s average. This is not acceptable and the Sheriff’s Office, Aitkin Police Department, and the MN State Patrol will be focusing on enforcement of school bus stop arm violations.

RULES OF THE ROAD

If you are following a school bus, stay back and be prepared to stop. If you see the yellow flashing lights, slow down and stop well behind or before the bus, at a minimum of twenty feet from the bus. If the bus is stopped, you should be stopped. The red lights are activated when the door opens to let the kids out. It is a Gross Misdemeanor to pass a school bus with children present on the street, with a minimum fine of $500.00.

Aitkin County will be collaborating with the school districts for enforcement as the schools apply for Department of Justice grants to provide forward facing cameras on all busses. These cameras capture high quality images of violations that will be used for prosecution.

As a community, please help keep our kids safe and don’t be the one caught on camera!

Aitkin County Sheriff Dan Guida

Aitkin Police Chief Paul Ryan