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Bus stop-arm violations on the rise in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Stop-arm violations continue to be a big problem across Minnesota.

Since September in Rochester alone there have been 82 stop-arm violations, and First Student officials say that number maybe even higher.

Thursday morning in St. Paul, tragic news of a 7-year-old boy being hit by a truck while crossing to get on a school bus. As of Thursday evening, authorities report that the young boy is stable but in critical condition.

You may recall last May, we brought you a story of Ambriel Johnson, a Zumbrota-Mazeppa 4th grader who barely missed getting hit while also trying to get on the bus.

First Student Location Manager Jon Goetz.

First Student Location Manager Jon Goetz said the concept is simple, you have to stop by law when the red stop arm is out, yet some drivers don't seem to understand.

"We turn on those flashers at the top of the school bus it doesn't mean hurry up and pass the bus it means to prepare to stop," Goetz said.

With the increase of violations, First Student Bus Company is among a few companies that will put a camera that will catch those drivers.

"We can look at the video tape zoom in on the camera, find out and send it to law enforcement," Goetz explained.

It doesn't stop there. Bus drivers are also taking extra caution when it comes to their precious cargo.
"Even though the red lights go on, the kids are instructed to stay at a safe spot until the driver gives them a hand signal to cross in front of the bus," Goetz said.

At the end of the day, all these safety measures are in place to ensure the safety of the children.

Ubah Ali

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