Still Too Many Stop Arm Violations
Matt Demczyk | Dec 7, 2017 AT 4:05 am
(KNSI) - Numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show a lot of people are still violating the state's school bus stop arm law even though the fine has increased.
The Department of Public Safety says 458 drivers were cited for the violation from August 1st through November 30th.
In 2016, police issued 1,318 citations for stop arm violations.
On August 1st, the fine for ignoring a school bus's stop arm increased to $500 from $300.
State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing red lights and has the stop arm fully extended.
Earlier this year, a mom whose daughter was almost killed by a driver after getting off her school bus, pleaded with drivers to obey the law.
Safety officials are asking drivers to put away distractions and be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially when school buses are present.
Students are being reminded to use caution when getting off their school bus and crossing the street.