Six already cited in Fergus Falls for failure to stop for school busesFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Since the beginning of the school year, 6 people in Fergus Falls have passed a bus, when its red lights were flashing, and stop arm activated. A new gadget could help authorities stop careless drivers in their tracks.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Since the beginning of the school year, 6 people in Fergus Falls have passed a bus, when its red lights were flashing, and stop arm activated. A new gadget could help authorities stop careless drivers in their tracks.
Every day hundreds of kids board these buses; parents trusting their children will safely get to their destination.
Luke Johnson – Parent: "I see it if a bus stops in front of me stop. People should be more aware."
Unfortunately that's not the case with six drivers - who've whizzed on by the stop arms - something these parents tell me they're appalled to hear.
Johnson: "Fear I guess that we need to be addressing this."
Marie Donley- Parent: "It's crazy. It's there for your kid’s safety and people are ignoring it. That could be a kid on the other side of that arm and they'd just take them out."
Prior to a bus stopping and the arm extending - amber lights will caution drivers. With so much to focus on - Mike Clark, with Ottertail Coaches, says violators are not appreciated.
Michael Clark – Ottertail Minn-Dakota Coaches: "It's frustrating for the driver to try to control the kids and making sure they're getting off the bus safely and waiting on the curb and the next thing you know you got a car or a group cars not stopping."
While it might seem like an eternity Clark says on average a driver will only be stopped for one to two minutes. For those of you too impatient to wait, a new gadget may catch you off guard.
Clark: "If a car goes through the stop arm we're able to zoom in on it and pick up the license plate number for the police department."
If you're looking to keep a clean driving record - a parent offers a simple solution.
Donley: "Just like if there was a train there blocking the whole road, you have to stop. It takes what - 3 seconds. If you're in that much of a hurry, leave your house earlier."
Since the start of the school year, there have been three violations in West Fargo, and twenty reports in Moorhead, resulting in at least 2 tickets.
Depending upon what you're charged with you'll pay a fine between $300-700.