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Sheriff: If the bus is stopped, you should be stopped

The Aitkin County Sheriffs office has seen an increase in the number of school bus stop-arm violations since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

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AITKIN —The Aitkin County Sheriff's office has seen an increase in the number of school bus stop-arm violations since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

In the news release, the department noted a concerning rise in the number of reported stop-arm violations as they have already exceeded the average for the last five years.

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

RULES OF THE ROAD:

When following a school bus, stay back and be prepared to stop.

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When you see yellow flashing lights on the bus, slow down and stop well behind or before the bus, at a minimum of twenty feet from the bus.

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.

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