Bemidji Area Schools has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Safety for Stop Arm Cameras. The grant will provide funding for the purchase and installation of camera systems on every bus in ISD #31. 

Education and awareness are part of the project to help drivers make the safe decision to obey the law and stop for buses with flashing lights and stop arms extended. The cameras will help schools and law enforcement find the violators and hold them accountable.

“Schoolkids shouldn’t have to worry when getting on and off the bus, and no parent should have to fear losing their child to a careless driver,” said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director. “The cameras will help keep kids safe, hold selfish or inattentive drivers accountable, and change dangerous driving choices.”

Those receiving grants are from all across the state, from Bemidji and Littlefork-Big Falls to Marshall and Fillmore County. 

School Bus Stop Arm Safety